Sunday, January 26, 2014

Common Cold

The common cold also known as nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis or simply a cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract which primarily affects the nose. A common cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way at the time.Common cold normally causes by one of the 100 over viruses which the signs and symptoms tend to vary greatly. Most people recover from a common cold in about a week or two.

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild fatigue

  • Poor immune system
  • Lack of zinc
  • Poor diet
  • Too much added sugar and sweetener
  • Chronic stress
  • Spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone with cold 
  • Sharing contaminated objects, such as utensils, towels, toys or telephones.

Action plans
  • Drink lots of fluids to help replace fluids lost during mucus production or fever. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration.
  • Try chicken soup as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose for helping relieve congestion 
  • Soothe throat by gargling salt-water can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
  •  Take vitamin C at the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms.

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