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.