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Cold and Cough

Cold and Cough

In cold, the suffering person is deprived of heat, or might have low temperature. In cold, person starts lacking the sensation of warmth and suffers from the absence of heat; feels chilly, shivering. The person suffering from cold becomes unwelcome, disagreeable; unsatisfactory. Cold also affects the sense of smell but feebly, having lost its odor. Cold produces a sensation of escape of heat, chilliness or chillness.

Cough is caused by accumulation of mucus, or by irritation to the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract. A cough is a forceful release of air producing sound from the lungs. Or in other words, a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. Cough is also termed as tussis. Coughing protects the respiratory system by clearing it of irritants and secretions. Cough has two types dry or productive. A dry cough does not bring up a mixture of mucus, irritants, and other substances from the lungs, which is not in the case of productive cough. If bacterial infection occurs, the sputum brought up in a productive cough may be greenish, gray, or brown. If allergy or viral infection, it might be clear or white. Sometimes the sputum may contain blood.

Symptoms of Cold and Cough

The most common symptoms Cold and Cough are:

·         Running or blocked nose

·         Sneezing

·         Sore throat

·         Congestion

·         Headache

·         Low fever with body pain

·         Loss of appetite

·         Lethargy

·        Insomnia

·    Kids with colds may also have a sore throat, cough, headache, mild fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. Nasal discharge may change from watery to thick yellow or green.

·    Person takes a deep breath in, Inflammation of larynx or pharynx (cough can develop in the chest due to change in weather), Clogging of the bronchial tubes with waste matter (due to wrong feeding habits).

Causes of Cold and Cough

Some causes of Cold and cough are:

  • The aggravation of Cough due to the intake of cold food, drinks and fried stuff etc causes cough.
  • Seasonal changes is also one of the reasons for cough Improper digestion of food transforms into a mucus toxin and this circulates through the body and reaches the respiratory system, where it causes colds and coughs.
  • Colds with or without cough is generally caused by a virus.
  • Exposure to hot and cold condition alternatively.
  • Eating foods that increase Cough like milk products, foods heavily fried in oil or ghee (clarified butter) will accelerate the problem.

Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

The most effective home remedies of Cold and Cough are:

  • The body should be kept warm - especially the feet, chest, throat and head. Sweating is very helpful.
  • Take half a teaspoon of ginger juice with half a teaspoon of honey, three times a day (morning, noon and night). In winter, warm the mixture by mixing a teaspoon of warm water in it.
  • Mix half a cup of warm water with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey.
  • In cases of dry cough (especially during the night), peel a small piece of fresh ginger. Sprinkle some salt on it and chew.
  • Take equal amounts of cardamom, ginger powder, black pepper and cinnamon (1 teaspoon each). Add sugar equal to the total amount of mixture and grind to make a fine powder. Take half a teaspoon twice daily, with honey or warm water after meals.
  • In cases of sore throat, a clove or two cardamoms or a few raisins can be chewed. Gargling with warm salty water two to three times a day is also beneficial.
  • A cup of grape juice mixed with a teaspoon of honey is advised for cough relief.
  • Cough treatment using Almonds: Seven kernels should be soaked in water overnight and the brown skin removed. They should then be ground well to form a fine paste. A quantity of twenty grams each of butter and sugar should then be added to the paste. This paste should be taken in the morning and evening.
  • Cough treatment using Turmeric: The root should be roasted and powdered. This powder should be taken in three gram doses twice daily, in the morning and even

Cold and Cough Treatment and Advice

Following are the substances and activities that should be taken in Cold and Cough:

  • Cough:  Boiled or steamed vegetables, vegetable soup, herbal teas, hot milk with a piece of crushed ginger, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed in milk provide relief.
  • Cold:  saltwater drops in the nostrils to relieve nasal congestion ,a cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture, petroleum jelly on the skin under the nose to soothe rawness, hard candy or cough drops to relieve sore throat (for kids older than 3 years),a warm bath or heating pad to soothe aches and pains, steam from a hot shower to help your child breathe more easily.

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