Prevent colds

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Runny nose and scratchy throat? Everyone is probably familiar with these symptoms, whether young or old. Colds (also known as flu) are a very common occurrence, especially in the cold autumn and winter months. On average, adults get a cold between two and four times a year, and children as many as seven to ten times. Over the course of a lifetime, a person will therefore have 200 to 300 flu infections. That equates to about four full years of life that we have to spend with coughs, colds and hoarseness. 1 But something can be done about it. Many natural remedies can preventively strengthen the immune system and protect against colds. Even if you have already contracted a flu infection, there are ways to alleviate the symptoms and reduce the course of the disease.

This guide deals with all the important information on the subject of colds and the means by which they can be treated naturally. It also covers the natural product propolis, which promises antiviral and immune-boosting effects.

The cold phenomenon

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. The mucous membranes of the nose, throat and bronchi are usually affected. A cold is transmitted from person to person through droplets. It is also possible to become infected through contact, for example when shaking hands or touching door handles. The usual incubation period is between 24 and 72 hours. During this phase, those affected usually do not feel anything about their infection, but are already contagious. Symptoms then appear gradually and become somewhat more severe over time.

Colds are caused by harmless viruses that our bodies usually absorb via droplet infection. There are over 200 different types of these viruses. They cause inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.

Symptoms

A cold can be easily recognized by its typical symptoms. These usually include:

· Cough (later on, often dry cough)

·Sore throat

·Sniffles

·A runny nose

·Light fever

·Mild headache and limb pain

Different symptoms are typical in the different phases of a cold. At first they appear gradually, often starting with a sore throat. Then a runny nose and possibly mild headaches and aching limbs become noticeable. In a later phase of the cold, these symptoms slowly decrease and an often dry, irritating cough sets in, which should then also subside after a few days.

Cold or flu?

The symptoms of a flu-like infection are similar to those of the flu. This is why it is often not so easy to distinguish between them. If the symptoms appear suddenly and are very pronounced, this is a sign of viral flu. In addition, there are severe headaches and aching limbs and often a high fever.

Natural treatment options

Most colds heal on their own. After about three to seven days, the symptoms should reduce and within two weeks they should disappear again. Therefore, medication is not absolutely necessary to treat a cold, but it may help to alleviate the symptoms. It is also worth taking action early. This can prevent the infection from getting worse and shorten the course of the illness. As a result, you will find many natural measures that you can use to fight a cold and prevent it.

Nutrition

A balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables can help prevent a cold. In particular, the vitamin C contained in many citrus fruits strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight off bacteria and viruses. You should also make sure to drink enough water - around 1.5 to 3 liters a day. Drinking tea can also be helpful; many herbal teas, such as chamomile or ginger, have anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening effects.

hygiene

To avoid smear infection, special attention should be paid to clean hands and thorough hand washing. They should be washed with soap for at least 30 seconds, especially

Before cooking and eating

·After coughing or sneezing

·After touching your mouth and nose.

Infection can also be prevented by regularly ventilating the room. The fresh air in the room reduces the number of virus-containing droplets in the air. It is recommended to open the window fully several times a day for about five minutes.

If you already have a cold, you can still protect other people from being infected by, for example, being careful not to cough or sneeze on anyone. It is a good idea to cough and sneeze into a tissue and, if possible, keep a distance of one meter from others.

Rest & relaxation

To make the cold go away quickly, you should get enough rest and avoid exertion as much as possible. If you feel very unwell and weak, stay at home for a few days. You should avoid sport completely when you have a flu infection.

Propolis

Propolis is a natural protective substance produced by bees that protects the inside of the hives and also protects the bees themselves from infections. It is therefore also said to have antibacterial and antiviral effects on humans.

Napoleon allegedly used propolis, and the substance was used to treat wounds and injuries during the world wars. Today, the remedy is being discussed again and is used primarily to prevent colds, as it is said to stop the growth of pathogens and strengthen the immune system.[2]

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Sauna when you have a cold?

You often hear that saunas are helpful for a cold. However, this is not the case with an acute cold, Symptoms can even improve your health through an extensive sauna session. worsen .

What is true, however, is that regular sauna visits generally strengthen the immune system, so they work as a preventative measure.

When to see a doctor?

A normal cold is no reason to go to the doctor. However, a visit to the doctor should be considered in the following cases:

· Shortness of breath (possible pneumonia)

· Severe throat or ear pain (tonsillitis or otitis media)

· If there is no improvement after more than seven days

· If hoarseness and cough last longer than two weeks

Conclusion

A flu infection is not a serious illness. In most cases it heals itself within a few days. Nevertheless, you should not take a cold lightly. Drink plenty of fluids and take it easy to support the recovery process.

Preventive measures can also be taken to avoid catching a cold, especially in the cold winter months when we are very susceptible to viral infections:

· Pay attention to hygiene measures such as extensive, intensive hand washing

· Avoid physical or hand contact with strangers.

· A diet rich in vitamin C also strengthens the immune system

· Taking propolis can help our body defend itself against viruses and bacteria

Important: This guide is intended as a source of information only. Always consult your doctor if you have acute problems. Under no circumstances should you change the dosage of your medication or stop taking it yourself.

Sources

1. Cold: numbers, data and facts . (2020). Retrieved from Hexal website: https://www.hexal.de/patienten/ratgeber/erkaeltung/wissenswertes/erkaeltungsfakten

2. Hellner, M., Winter, D., von Georgie, R., & Mustedt, R. (2007). Apitherapy: Usage And Experience In German Beekeepers.


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