The Common Cold
Dr. Alpana Utture
At sometime or another, every one
of us succumbs to the common cold. The bravest and the strongest are virtues
that matter not to these viruses as they set about reducing us to coughing,
sneezing shadows of our former selves. Research has shown that the external
wintry environment of November, December and January, leaves us prone to
frequently falling prey to these viruses. To find out more about colds,
What is a Cold?
The common cold is a contagious viral
infection of the upper respiratory tract affecting the nose and the throat.
A large variety of viruses cause the common cold and that is why the body
is less likely to develop immunity against them. Colds are most frequent
among school-going children but their incidence lessens with age. The average
child gets a cold more than eight times a year. This is because there are
hundreds of different viruses and young children encounter each one of
them for the first time. Gradually the human body builds up immunity and
we get fewer colds.
How do you catch a Cold?
Tips to Fight
Additionally, colds are a viral infection
and do not need as much internal treatment as externally safe and effective
medication. As mentioned earlier, products with natural ingredients like
Pudina (Menthol), Kapoor (Camphor) and Nilgiri (Eucalyptus
Oil), such as Vicks VapoRub are useful. Pudina opens a blocked nose, Kapoor
acts as a mild analgesic to soothe body aches and Nilgiri calms cough.
Products with such natural ingredients have proved effective for millions
of Indians over the last 50 years.
Special tips for Diabetics, high blood pressure sufferers and pregnant women
If you are a diabetic or suffer from high blood pressure, you may already be taking internal medicine for your condition. In such a situation, when you are suffering from a cold, externally applied cold rubs do not interfere with your medicine. For pregnant women who do not want to take internal medicine for fear of side effects on the child, cold rubs are again an effective alternative.
So, get set to enjoy the winter and
don't let the viruses get the better of you.
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