This article looks at the common cold and makes suggestions for gentle support to recovery. Some home remedies of old are described
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It’s the colder months of the autumn and winter season approaching and with the lower temperatures comes the risk of contracting a cold. Being struck down with a common cold is not only annoying, but challenges our immune system. This may make us feel run down and tired.
The common cold is an acute infection of the upper respiratory tract, more specifically of the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. It is the most common infectious disease in our population, caused mainly by rhinoviruses. The virus spreads into the human system by droplets. It is spread when an ill person sneezes or coughs directly at another, or into his or her own hand and then touches objects like the telephone, doorknobs etc. in his or her environment. If then in turn another person touches these contaminated objects, and reaches to touch his or her own face for example, eyes, nose or mouth, he or she too can contract the virus and ‘catch’ the cold. It takes between 24 and 72 hours for symptoms to show.
The sick individual feels unwell, may experience soreness/roughness of the throat, coughing, a runny nose that may feel stuffed, frequent sneezing, headache and aching limbs. There may or may not be slight fever. The ill person usually feels depleted and fatigued, and the recovery from the cold usually takes between 7 and 10 days.
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