COLD COUGH: The common cold is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different types of viruses. The common cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms of the common cold may include cough, sore throat, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing
What Are the Symptoms of a Cold?
Symptoms of a cold can be felt about 1-4 days after catching a cold virus. They start with a burning feeling in the nose or throat, followed by sneezing, a runny nose, and a feeling of being tired and unwell. This is the period when you are most contagious — you can pass the cold to others — so it’s best to stay home and rest.
For the first few days, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions. Later, these become thicker and darker. You may get a mild cough. It won’t get much worse, but it is likely to last into the second week of your illness. If you suffer from chronic bronchitis, a cold will make it worse.
Dark mucus does not necessarily mean that you have developed a bacterial infection, but if you are coughing up dark material — or feeling a lot of distress low down in your lungs– you may have a bacterial infection. These symptoms can also be caused by a cold virus other than a rhinovirus.
Cold symptoms typically last for about 3 days. At that point the worst is over, but you may feel congested for a week or more.
Except in newborns, colds themselves are not dangerous. They usually go away in 4 to 10 days without any special medicine. Unfortunately, colds do wear down your body’s resistance, making you more susceptible to bacterial infections.
If your cold is nasty enough, seek medical attention. Your doctor likely will examine your throat and ears. He or she may take a throat culture by brushing the throat with a long cotton-tipped swab. This will show whether you have a bacterial infection, which requires treatment with antibiotics.
Call Your Doctor About a Cold If:
- You notice an inability to swallow.
- You have a sore throat for more than 2 or 3 days, particularly if it seems to be worsening.
- You have an earache.
- You have a stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights.
- You’re pregnant or nursing.
- Your new born or infant has cold symptoms.
- Your throat hurts and your temperature is 101 degrees F or higher.
- Your cold symptoms worsen after the third day. You may have a bacterial infection.
The Ayurvedic Approach to cure/ prevent cough cold:
- Body should be kept warm especially feet, chest, throat and head. Sweating is very helpful. The simplest way to do it is drink hot spice tea or some other hot drink and lie down on the bed .take some warm cover like blanket and let the body sweat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- A glass of warm water mixed with one tea spoon of lemon juice and one tea spoon of honey can be taken 2-3 times a day.
- Case of dry cough especially if it trouble is during the night, take cardamom, dry ginger, black pepper and cinnamon in equal quantity, say 10 gms. Each. Take white sugar or rock candy equal to the total weight that is 40 gms. Grind them and make a fine powder. From this take half a tea spoon (about 3 gms.) Twice a day with honey or warm water after meals.
- Case of sore throat a clove or two cardamoms or rock candy or a few raisins can be chewed. Gargling with warm salty water is also beneficial. This can be done two to three times a day.
- For hacking cough and laryngitis : equal parts of honey and juice of baked lemon,( i.e. Sour citrusfruit) or 10 -15 drops of betel leaf juice with honey three times a day.
Diet and regimen:
- Cold drinks, ice cream, sweets, fried foods, milk products like cheese, creams, yogurt etc. Should not be taken. Hot milk without fat can be taken if boiled with a piece of crushed ginger. Half tea spoon of turmeric powder is good to mix with the milk.
- You should avoid tomatoes, eggplant and bananas.
- Sweet fruit juices should also be avoided. Breads, meats, nuts and pastries are not good to take. It is good to take light and warm diet like boiled or steamed vegetables, vegetable soup and fruits which are not juicy like papaya and apple. Spice teas, herbal teas and some other hot drinks are good.
Keep your insides warm with warm spices — cumin is considered the ace “ama” burner. Stack up your spice rack with “thermogenic” or heat- generating spices like black pepper, coriander, and cumin. Clove, boiled with milk, is excellent too.
- Follow the middle path: don’t skip meals or overeat.
- Eat fresh, well-cooked food.
- Start your day with two glasses of warm water.
- Do not fast during winter — fasting weakens the body’s defenses.
- Eat a timely lunch and an early dinner for good digestion.
- Sleep on time — not later than 10 p.m. Restful sleep builds essential energy or “ojas”, boosting immunity.
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