Last Updated on 3 months by Isreal Olabanji DST RN
It is obvious that common cold is a disease that affects the respiratory system, and it occurs most often in the winter season (sometimes twice in a year or anytime in a year. Most individuals those not count common cold as a serious disease or complicated disease, but the fact is any disease that is left untreated may be life treating to the patient.
However, common cold causes so much disturbance to the patient suffering from this disease but we just choose to ignore it.
The common cold is caused by or triggers by not limited to certain food:
- Roasted corn or maize.
- Some Roasted food should be washed and done in a hygienic way.
Also, raw food, because all these food contains bacteria.
In an infant, a complication may set in which can be very serious if left untreated. Which could lead to rheumatic fever; earache which could lead to so much trouble. Also, some medical conditions triggered it.
Common cold may last for several days or weeks, so you need to consult your physician for the best treatment recommendation that may suit your condition and recover from the disease quickly.
Signs and Symptoms of a common cold which include but not limited to :
1. Running nose.
4. Difficult in breathing.
5. Blockage of the nose.
6. And even sore throat.
Prevention of common cold :
- Bathing the body day and night with clean water helps the body to be resistance to cold.
- Avoid or limited close contact with the person that has a cold.
- Using the same drinking glass cup.
- Using the same towel with the person having a common cold
- Using the same face and hand towel.
- Sharing the same object that may have secretion from the nose and mouth.
- Including the hand.
Those are the possible way to prevent the common cold.
Exposure to a cold or wet cloth, loss of sleep and overwork at night, sitting in the wind could cause the common cold. Thus, all of this must be prevented. Those who have large tonsils and those who breathe through the mouth may have reoccurring attacks of a common cold. At first, there is a virus infection associated with watery discharge from the nose, and it could become pneumonia.
Also, a vaccine is available in some countries which helps to prevent this disease.
Treatment against a common cold
It is often advised that staying in a well-ventilated area is best for every individual at all time of life.
Some individual practice making a cone and directing the warm steam up to the nose is not a good thing or advice able.
However, sometimes tickle in the throat start overnight causing continues coughing after some time or a few minutes after. At this time the patient can get warm moist air and breathing air warmed. This we help to reduce or relieve the cough which if allowed to go on may irritate the throat and the trachea and develop a more complicated issue.
Occasionally, if someone contacts this disease it may affect the vocal cords and may lose his or her voice. A cold compress may be applied and antibiotics maybe use, also antihistamines may be helpful.
Have a good best rest and do not talk too much rest your voice, and warm air to breathe is important for the treatment of a common cold.
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How to use a cold compress to treat a common cold
In the case of an early sore throat, a tickle or laryngitis ( loss of voice or low voice). A cold compress may be very useful ( also called heating method ).
It is often used by taking a piece of clean cloth or cotton, long enough to go round the neck and wide enough and must be very ticked. The cloth should be soaked in a cold tap clean water and wrung or squeezed as dry as possible. And should be placed around the neck. It is then covered with another piece of warm and dry flannel.
This dry cloth is more and twice the other side of the former cloth. This should be pinned with two pins and left on all night. In some cases, there are some individuals or patients who cannot tolerate the wet cloth so the dry one should be applied. This method can also be used for small children.
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