Prevention is always better than cure. The cold causing virus enters the body through the mouth or nose and by hand-to-hand contact. It can live on objects such as pens, books, tables and crockery for several hours and can be acquired from such objects. That’s why; frequent hand washing is one of the best ways of reducing chances of picking up a winter viral infection. Also try and avoid spending too much time in the presence of people with sniffles, sneezes or coughs. If you do catch a cold or cough, then make judicious use of tissues and throw them away to stop spreading infections. Some of these herbal and home remedies might ease your cold symptoms and even help you recover quickly.
However, it’s a myth that you should stay in bed and avoid exercise when you have an infection. So do not skip your daily dose of exercise when you have a cold. Experts recommend the ‘neck check’, as they call it, to decide whether you should exercise or not. If your symptoms are above the neck - runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, itchy eyes you can probably exercise. You should start slowly and see how you feel. If your symptoms are below the neck (muscle aches, chest pains due to incessant coughing, fevers), avoid exercises till you feel better.
Usually these minor ailments like colds or flu do not worsen to pneumonia, but some people do tend to develop secondary bacterial infections in the sinuses, ears or lungs. So if you find your symptoms lasting for too many days or becoming worse, then you should see a doctor.
2 glasses water
Few Tulsi (Basil) leaves
Few ajwain (Bishop’s weed) seeds
Boil all the ingredients and inhale the fumes. It will provide relief immediately.
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