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Cold Cough: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The common cold is caused by the cold virus. It is an infection that everyone has at some point in their life and is often accompanied by a cough. Coughs and colds can be brought on by nearly anything – a change in the weather, not being warm enough, being in contact with someone else who has a cold, and just generally coming into contact with this virus. Since it is air borne, a cold is extremely easy to get, which is why it is so common. There are many different ways to treat your cold.

Most people don’t know this but the common cold does not have a cure. This is because most viruses do not have a cure. All the treatments that are designed for the common cold essentially aim to get rid of the symptoms. Some of these treatments include pain relievers, cough syrup, decongestant sprays, and tablets for cold that combine all the benefits of the listed treatments. You do not have to visit a doctor to get any of these treatments as they are available over the counter. Recognizing a cold is very simple and it is generally something that you can diagnose by yourself.

How is the treatment done?

If you’ve woken up with a headache, throbbing face, runny nose, a bit of tiredness, and fits of sneezing and coughing, you probably recognize the symptoms right away. It’s the common cold. Once you’ve recognised the symptoms that you have been facing and know that your problem is that you have a cold, you can begin to treat yourself. For your cough, you can have a cough syrup that you can get over the counter. Cough syrups are generally safe to consume and you can have them twice a day. Mild pain relievers are often used during a cold to get rid of any symptoms pertaining to hay fever.

Having a cold may leave you feeling congested and wit a stuffy nose. There are decongestion sprays available in the market to help clear out the congestion. There are also inhalers with mint that many people use to clear out the blockage in their nose and help them breathe properly. There are a few tablets available in the market that combat all the signs and symptoms of a cold such as the runny nose, general weakness, cough, and flu like symptoms all in one. These can also be procured over the counter and do not require an additional prescription. Most medicines that are meant to be used during a cold a pretty effective. However, if you continue to experience cold symptoms for more than a week, then it makes sense to see a doctor as you may have another underlying condition, or a highly persistent cold.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone who has a cold is eligible for the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you do not have a cold, or if you have a medical condition that simulates the symptoms of a cold but is not a cold, then you are not eligible for the treatment as you will not benefit from it.

Are there any side effects?

As with most medication, there are certain side effects to be expected. Certain cough syrups can make you extremely drowsy and sleepy. More often than not, these are meant to be used at night when you fall asleep. If your medication makes you drowsy, then you should not be operating heavy machinery or driving your car. Similarly, when using mild pain killers, it is important to consider the ingredients of the pain killers. Many people are allergic to pain killers and need to use different brands or organic versions of the same.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Once your cold is treated, you can return to your normal life. There are no specific post treatment guidelines for a common cold or cough.

How long does it take to recover?

Once you start taking your medication, it usually takes 2-3 days to recover from the symptoms of a cold.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Cough syrups in India can range in price from Rs. 50 – Rs. 150, depending mainly on the brand and the size of the bottle. Pills in India also cost around the same.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent however it is important to note that the common cold does not have a cure. You can get a cold any time in your life even if you have already had one in the past. Any cold you get post the treatment is considered to be a fresh infection rather than the extension of the older one.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are many home remedies to treating the common cold and they can be as effective as taking medication. This is why many people choose not to take any medication at all. Having chicken soup is a good cure for the cold. It revitalizes and replenishes your body with all the healthy nutrients it needs to gain its strength back. Many people also use steams to get rid of colds. During this, a boiling pot of water is placed on a table with the patient leaning over it with a towel over his or her head, trapping all the air between the face and the towel. All they have to do then is breathe and let the vapours clear out out their sinuses. There are many home remedies that can be tried to get rid of coughs as well, such as a mixture of warm water, honey, and black pepper.

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I am suffering from dry cough for many years every season I suffering from cold cough.

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Suffering from fever feeling cold and cough please suggest some medicine for help.

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Good morning, mera naam Dr Amol Bamane hai aur main Ayurveda ka founder hoon. Aj main aapko asthma ke bare mein information dene wala hoon. Uska causes, uske symptoms, aur uske kuch home remedies bhi mai dene wala hoon. First of all, asthma kya hain, ye air intake jo hum lete hai, lungs mein humare jo trachea rehta hai, woh contract ho jata hai, aur use air aane mein, lungs mein, pareshaani ho jaati hai. To uske wajah se asthma ho jaata hai. Toh iska symptoms hain- Breathlessness Pressure on chest Cough Yeh 3 symptoms hai asthma ke. Uske causes mainly 2 types hotey hai:- Allergic asthma Non-allergic asthma. Allergic asthma mein dust hai, smoke hain, drugs hai, pollution hai. Toh yeh factors uske liye causes hai. Non-allergic asthma k causes hai, fear, anxiety, stress, excessive consumption of processed food. Toh yeh saare causes hai non- allergic asthma ke liye. Asthma ke liye, home remedies bhi hai, jese ki: Aap saucer li jiye, mix kijiye aur ek kapre mein leke aap inhale kijiye isko, toh isse bhi aapko aaram mil jayga. Seeds lijiye aur usko 1 litre paani mein aap ubaliye 30 mins tak, aur liquid chhan ke lijiye aap. Uske baad us liquid mein 2 spoon aap ginger paste daaliye. Ginger paste daalne ke baad, usme aap 1 teaspoon honey daaliye. Aur yeh aap din mein 1 glass, ek baar jo yeh hai, glass mein paani, woh liquid, toh yeh aap lijiye. Yeh asthma ke liye bahuti achha hain, laabh dayak hai. Aap do chamach gooseberry liiye. Usse aap karsh ki jiye ache se, usme aap 1 chamach honey daaliye aur yeh aap din mein 1 baar lijiye aur issye bhi aapko asthma se bahut hi achha result mil jayga. Is Vishay mein adhiktam jaankari ke liye aap se hume sampark kar sakte hain, online consult bhi kar sakte hain.
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Hello, everybody, I am Dr Rahul Yadav, a paediatrician. Today we'll be discussing a very important topic with our home remedies related to children regarding cold. So now, as you all know cold and chest congestion is very common among children and it might occur as many times as six to seven times every year. This is a pretty much normal for each and every kid. If you have a child you would have definitely experienced the agony of the child having cold and chest condition during any time during his childhood. So, first of all, I would like to give you one piece of warning. A child with cold and chest congestion having sneezing, which might be increased intensity of sounds when the child is breathing in or out, signs of respiratory distress which might be increased, work of breathing increase rate or breathing or difficulty in even uttering normal words. In that scenario, you have to rush the child immediately go to the nearest doctor or to an emergency or hospital near your home. Another scenario would be if your child is suffering from asthma. In that scenario, I would advise you to take proper precautions and follow the instructions of your doctor regarding inhalers or nebulizers before trying any of the following home remedies. So what actually can become very indiscreet. Home remedies can treat a child suffering from cold with no signs of respiratory distress with a few gurgling sounds while breathing. Is it actually useful? Actually yes home remedies might even be better than medicines. Any common day-to-day cold and chest congestion. So what are the home remedies can do. One is the easiest would be to start honey. Honey has natural immune boosters which you can easily stage. Can it be given to each and every child? Yes, it can be given to each and every child but do not use it for any child less than one year of age. The reason behind it would be because of the incidence of bottling improxim in the honey which can be very deadly towards the less than one year of age. You can even mix the honey with a little bit of lemon juice or ginger paste to make the child accept those Honey well. With honey you have to just pick up the caution in a case of a diabetic child and that you should not be over given the honey but in an otherwise, you can give the honey as many as times as you want. Maybe 1 psf every three to four hour. Another thing another home remedy that you can try out is humidification. Humidification can be done by either a cold humidification or humidification. Cold humidification is safer. Warm humidification is by the steam. Steam is very dangerous in a child as it can lead to burns also. So the better way is to close all the doors and windows of the house and thus put the steamer in one corner of the room and let the whole room be humid, that will help the child a lot. Another thing that you can do is to use normal sign nasal drops to keep the nostrils of the child clean. As the child's nose remains clean, the child will be able to breathe easier and would be much more comfortable and would even respond better to other measures. As you have to remember that cold in a child is ninety-nine percent because of viruses and that it generally takes seven to ten days for the treatment to average space and it's a natural course of the disease. So have to wait for that time you have to be patient. These are the common remedies that you can do which will elevate most of the symptoms that your child would be suffering from. If you have any other queries regarding this or any other issues regarding to pediatrics you can contact me at
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