MBBS, Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), MD - General Medicine
General Physician, Delhi
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What are some symptoms of winter cold?
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With winter comes the infamous cough and cold. The air turns chilly, and most people develop coughing, sneezing, runny nose and heavy heads that just do not seem to disappear. For those who have allergies like asthma, winters are like a nightmare. They dread the onset of symptoms, which also can include recurrent fevers, muscle aches, and chest pain. When the weather change is about to happen, it is better to change foods to avoid those which can trigger or worsen the cold.
What are some typical triggers for winter cold?
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While everybody should actually get affected when the winter sets in, it does not happen. Only a few get affected. The reasons could vary from genetic predisposition to poor immune system. However, each person will have a trigger for the winter colds, and identifying it and keeping it under control is the key to managing cold. For some, the trigger could be foods like eggs, for others, it could be an early morning walk in the winter cold. Manage the trigger to manage the cold.
What are some of the effective ways to manage a winter cough and cold?
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Winter cold management is a trick that most people who are susceptible to it learn over a few years. This includes good bedrest, staying hydrated and hygiene measures like frequently washing hands. Unless persistent for weeks together, it does not require antibiotics and symptomatic treatment. Including painkillers and fever pills should do the trick. When you are having a winter cold attack, carry enough tissues and avoid touching things in your home unless absolutely necessary.
Winter cough and cold always need medications.
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For most people who are prone to winter cold attacks, it becomes a part of their normal life. So, as winter begins to set in, they make lifestyle changes including the use of warm clothes, increased hydration, increased handwashing, improved hygiene and even food changes. Making small changes and taking adequate precautions to not catch a cold helps in preventing severe attacks.
Winter cough and cold usually subside on their own.
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The answer is a yes. Most winter cough and cold attacks are self-limiting and run their course. However, for those who are prone to them every year, it helps to take some preventive measures to ensure that the attacks are less severe and don't last much. It also helps to try massages and food therapies by avoiding eating cold and refrigerated stuff. Eating fresh foods and increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet can help improve immunity. Inhaling steam to which some herbal oils have been added can also help provide relief from nasal congestion and cough.