Home remedies for cold and cough
Symptoms of a cough and cold
Colds are a general inflammation of the mucus membranes of the respiratory passages. Symptoms include nose and throat irritations, watery eyes, fever, headaches, chills, muscle aches, and temporary loss of smell and taste.
A heavy cold may take the form of acute or chronic infection, such as flu, grippe, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchial catarrh, chronic cold, or similar virus-type infection.
Children who frequently have colds or flu may have thyroid malfunctions.
COLDS AND FLU
How can you tell whether it is a heavy cold—or the flu?
Here is the difference:
- A headache - prominent in flu, but rare in the cold.
- Fever - frequent and sudden in flu; rare in the cold.
- Fatigue - extreme in flu and can last 2-3 weeks; there is only mild fatigue with a cold.
- General aches - common and often severe in flu; slight in the cold.
- A runny nose - occasionally in flu; common with a cold.
- A cough - common with the flu and can become severe; only mild to moderate in the cold.
- A sore throat - sometimes with the flu; common with a cold.
Causes of cold and cough
In one sense, the cause is a variety of viruses. But in another, the person has allowed himself to become run-down so that the virus was able to take hold. Factors which lower the body's resistance to virus infection are overexposure to cold, fatigue, recent or present infections, allergic reactions, and inhalation of irritating dust or gas, overeating, wrong eating, and sugar or alcohol consumption.
The common cold is not an infection that leaps out and attacks an innocent passerby. It is not even a disease. A cold is the cure of a pre-diseased condition. And the symptoms are attempts by the body to reestablish normal conditions. The body is carrying out a "spring cleaning."
The cold virus can change size and shape, making it impossible to produce a suitable vaccine. There are more than 100 different viruses which cause colds. Symptoms last for 7-14 days regardless of therapy. The incubation period is very short (1-3 days), instead of the 10-21 days for most viruses. The cold seems to appear suddenly. When you get a tingling nose and throat, nasal mucus, or scratchy throat; do not wait for the coughing, weakness, and fever to begin! Go to bed.