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Seasonal Viral Fever, Cough And Cold - Watch Out!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
Seasonal Viral Fever, Cough And Cold - Watch Out!

Viral fever is a cumulative term which refers to a group of viral infections and is characterised by high fever, headaches, body ache, burning in the eyes, nausea and vomiting. It usually comes in package with severe cough and cold.

It actually is not an ailment but is the result of an underlying cause, which is viral infection. This infection can occur in any part of the body such as lungs, intestines, air passage, etc., and the high fever is the sign of immune system of the body fighting against the invasion of viruses.

How does viral fever, cough and cold occur?

Just like its name, 'viral fever' travels from one person to another. Whenever an infected person yawns, coughs, sneezes or even talks, he/she releases tiny fluids in the environment, putting the nearby people at risk of suffering from the infection.

The infection may occur due to mosquito, tick bites or by coming in contact with the infected person’s blood or semen.

Symptoms:

Symptoms:The symptoms of viral fever include:

  • High fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Severe weakness
  • Muscle and body ache
  • Painful tonsils
  • Sore throat
  • Burning sensation in eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Running nose
  • Cough

Diagnosis

As the symptoms of the viral fever have too much resemblance to other diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid, etc., it is better to consult a doctor before taking any random antibiotic. The doctors often recommend blood test to be sure about your disease before beginning with the treatment.

Treatment

As there are no antibiotics for viral fever, the doctors prefer prescribing fever-reducing medicines. If a doctor is prescribing antibiotics, then it is to ensure that you do not get infected with any other viruses while being sick.

It is always very important to complete the full course of antibiotics recommended by the doctor. If you stop taking the medication midway, your body will create antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the same medicines will become ineffective.

How can we prevent viral fever?

Keeping ourselves and our daily activities clean and maintaining appropriate distance from infected people is the best prevention for the disease. Some prevention measures are as follows:

  • Wash hands properly before eating
  • Avoid eating outside in open areas
  • Always cover your mouth while coughing, sneezing or yawning
  • Drink as much water as you can

The doctors, however, do not give any dietary restrictions, but it is always good to follow a balanced diet and completing the course of prescribed medicines prescribed by the doctor.
 

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Homeopathic Medicine To Deal With Common Health Issues!

Dr. Vidyasagar Umalkar 86% (20 ratings)
DHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Homeopathic Medicine To Deal With Common Health Issues!

In your everyday life, it is quite common to experience several first aid and domestic health emergencies. This may include many health conditions, which are minor in nature, but require medical attention. Accidents like cuts, bites, grazes, bruises, bumps and burns can occur any time. Equally common headaches, cramps and ailments, which include cold, cough, flu, viral fever, sore throats, indigestion and several others.

And, homeopathic medicines are a great, natural remedy for effectively treating the above mentioned health conditions. So here are some common homeopathic medicines, which you should keep in your first aid box in order to treat common health issues:

  1. Arnica: This is a very famous and common homeopathic medicine used to treat all kinds of injuries. It acts as an instant pain reliever and by taking it immediately after an injury, quick results are obtained. It gives relief to internal cuts and bruises by a process called extravasation, which involves the breaking of tissues beneath the skin. Effective healing of bruises, cuts and other injuries is also provided. It also helps in relieving the mind in case of any emotional trauma.

  2. Aconite: This homeopathic medicine works effectively in treating several physical and emotional conditions. It successfully treats ailments such as cough, cold, sore throat, fever and all conditions related to exposure and cold. Aconite can also calm the anxiety in patients.

  3. Apis Mel: This homeopathic medicine treats bee stings. It can be taken after being stung by a bee or wasp and if stinging pain is felt along with inflammation. It is also used to treat heat rashes and conditions where the skin gets swollen. This medicine is a diuretic and encourages the body to release water.

  4. Argentum Nitricum: This homeopathic medicine is useful in treating anxiety and tension. When a person is extremely worried about something, this medicine can be used to calm him down and provide mental relief. It can help avoid loose bowel movement which often occurs due to tension and sickness. You can take this before examinations, flights and sea voyages.

  5. Arsenicum Alb: This medicine is ideal for treating several symptoms related to stomach and digestion problems. Problems such as food poisoning, stomach upset, diarrhoea and vomiting are treated efficiently with it. It is also used for mental conditions, such as panic attack and extreme anxiety.

  6. Belladonna: This homeopathic medicine is extensively used for treating sunstroke, different types of inflammations and throbbing headaches, which worsen when exposed to noise and light. Ear infections are treated with this as well.

Since homeopathic medicines are safer than their allopathic counterparts due to absence of side effects, they can be taken for treating day to day health worries. But if in doubt, feel free to consult a homeopathic doctor for more information.

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Ear Nose And Throat Problems - Learn How Homeopathic Can Help!

Dr. Atul Kundalia 87% (10 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Medicine
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
Ear Nose And Throat Problems - Learn How Homeopathic Can Help!

The ear, nose and throat may seem disconnected but in fact are very closely connected. For this reason, a cold often turns into a cough and earaches are common symptoms of throat infections. ENT or ear, nose and throat problems are very common and can affect children and adults. Homeopathy can be very effective in treating ENT problems. Here are a few common ENT problems and homoeopathic remedies that can be used to treat them.

Common cold
Whether a cold is minor or severe it can cause a lot of discomfort to the patient. If not caught in time, a cold can turn into a cough, chest congestion etc. A cold can cause nasal discharge, burning eyes, sneezing, headaches etc. Some of the homoeopathic remedies used to treat a cold are:

  1. Aconite Nap: This is used in cases where a cold is brought on suddenly by a change in climate or exposure to cold winds.
  2. Allium cepa: A cold that leads to a watery discharge from the eyes, a bitter nasal discharge and crusting around the nostrils and upper lip may be treated with Allium Cepa.
  3. Euphrasia: A cold that causes acrid discharge form the eyes and inflammation can be treated with euphrasia.
  4. Arsenicum album: A blocked nose that is accompanied by crusting of nasal discharge on the upper lips and around the nostrils can be treated with this homoeopathic remedy.

Nasal polyps
A fleshy swelling that grows in the lining of the nasal tissue and in the sinuses can create nasal congestion and blockages in the nose. This is often seen in cases where the person suffers from asthma or hay fever.

Some of the homoeopathic remedies for this condition are:

  1. Pulsatilla: People who benefit from the use of pulsatilla to treat nasal polyps are usually thirsty and prefer being outdoors.
  2. Sanguinaria: Nasal polyps that cause heightened sensitivity to odours can be treated with sanguinaria. In such cases, the patient often suffers from nasal polyps on their right side.
  3. Teucrium: In cases where a person suffers from repetitive nasal polyps along with fibroids or other polyps can be treated with this homoeopathic remedy.

Sore throat: 

Sore throats are as common as colds or the flu. Depending on the symptoms presented it can be treated with a number of homoeopathic remedies. These include:

  1. Belladonna: This can be used to treat sore throats that make the tongue appear coated and gives the person a flushed pallor.
  2. Calcarea carbonica: Sore throats that are associated with the development of large glands on the neck may be treated with this remedy.
  3. Lac caninum: This can be used to treat sore throats accompanied by pain that moves from one side to the other.
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Best ENT Specialist in Delhi!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Best ENT Specialist in Delhi!

Hearing problems or ear infections or suffering from sinusitis, allergies, nasal blockage. Don’t know what to do? You need an ENT specialist. But who is the best ENT specialist in Delhi? An ENT specialist is also called otolaryngologist, who deals with speech disorders, ear problems or nasal problems and deformities. Here are few of the best ENT specialist in Delhi:

1. Dr. Shalabh Sharma

MBBS, MS - Otorhinolaryngology, DNB - Otorhinolaryngology, DLORCS, FRCS - Otolaryngology

Dr. Sharma is a well renowned and senior Ear-Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist. He has 27 years of experience and holds a Limca Book of Records for pioneering endoscopic sinus surgery for a complicated tumor. He has done several fellowships internationally and areas of special interest  to him are Pediatric Otolaryngology, & Neurotology. He is member of several reputed institutes and associations. H is associated with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and ENT & Dental Centre

Consultation fees: ₹1500 - 1800 

2. Dr. Anurag Tandon

MS - ENT, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS

Dr. Anurag Tandon is one of the very senior doctors who has 34 years of experience. He currently practices at Park View ENT Clinic in Mayur Vihar Ph-II, Delhi and Max Multispeciality Hospital. His areas of specialization are eardrum rupture treatment, head and neck cancers, phono surgery, tonsillectomy. He is a life time member of Academy of Oral Implantology (AOI),Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI).

Consultation fees: ₹1000 - 1400 

3. Dr. Dhirendra Singh Kushwah

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Dhirendra Singh Kushwah has more than 16 years of experience as ENT Surgeon. He is associated with Rockland hospital & ORL clinic, as well as runs his own clinic-  Gynae & ENT Clinic at Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi. His clinic is well equipped to treat various conditions like nasal disorders like blockage, nose bleeding, rhinoplasty,  tonsillitis and sinus.

Consultation fees: ₹500-1000

4. Dr. Sumit Mrig

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT)

Dr. Mrig with 16 years of experience is a well known name in his feretinity. He is recipient of many awards and has presented India internationally through his seminars, research and academic papers. He is associated with Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital and Sankalp ENT & Cochlear Implant Centre. He has many professional memberships like Cochlear Implant Group of India, ISCON, National Academy of Medical Sciences etc. He treats foreign body removal, tonsillitis, hearing and speech impairment.

Consultation fees: ₹700-1200

5. Dr. Manni Hingorani

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Manni Hingorani, is a reputed Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist in South Delhi with 14 years of experience. She is associated with best hospitals as a visiting consultant at Max healthcare Saket City Hospital, St. Stephen’s Hospital, Gurgaon and Max Medcentre, Panchsheel. She also has her own private practice called Three Senses in Neeti Bagh. She is a recipient of  golden medal award for best research paper at the North West AOI Conference, held at Rohtak in 2008.

Consultation fees: ₹800

6. Dr. Rajeev Mishra

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Rajeev Mishra has more than 20 years of experience as Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) Specialist. He runs his private practice at ENT Clinic & Matritva Maternity. He is an active member of Indian Medical Association (IMA). He is known for his treatment and services like- Laryngostroboscopy, Laser Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery - FESS using XOMED & Smith Nephew Microdebrider.

Consultation fees: ₹500

7. Dr. Madhulika Sharma

MBBS, DNB (ENT)

Dr. Madhulika Sharma has 9 years of experience as ENT Specialist in New Delhi. She specialises in  treatment of cold cough, throat ache, sinusitis, sneezing, allergic rhinitis, ear pain and hearing loss. She runs her private practice at Sharma ENT clinic, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹300

8. Dr. Geeta Kathuria

M.B.B.S, MS ENT, MRCSEd ENT, Fellowship Golf, IFHNOS Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology U.S.A

Dr. Geeta Kathuria is a well known name as ENT specialist or Otorhinolaryngologist in Delhi. She has an experience of 15 years and is working with Fortis Hospital, Okhla. She is known for her treatment for tonsillectomy and nasal endoscopy. Besides this she also has special interest in paediatric ENT as well as head and neck surgeries related to onco, or thyroid and salivary gland. She is a life member of  AOI, Delhi & FHNO

Consultation fees: ₹500- 1000

9. Dr. B. B. Khatri

MS - ENT, MBBS

Dr. Khatri with 34 years of experience is a prominent name among ENT surgeons. During his tenure he has performed micro-laryngeal surgery, cosmetic nose surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is also known for his perfection when it comes to micro-ear surgical procedures. Not only he is member of some esteemed associations, but has also holds some reputed positions in them. 
He has written and published more than 8 papers in various reputed national and international medical journal. His special area of interest are snoring & sleep disorders, hearing problems, surgery for deviated nasal septum.

Consultation fees: ₹800

10. Dr. Rajeev Nangia

MBBS, MS - ENT

Dr. Rajeev Nangia a renowned Ear-Nose-throat (ENT) Specialist  with 3 decades of experience, he is currently practicing in Karol Bagh, Delhi. He is associated with Apollo Spectra Clinic in Karol Bagh, Delhi and also practices at Ratan ENT Clinic, Delhi. He is known for his comprehensive approach and warmth. He is an alumni of Rohtak Medical college, and a lifetime member of AIRS, AOI, IMA and ISO. Dr. Nangia specializes in treating cochlear implant, hearing and speech impairments, epistaxis (nosebleed) treatment, throat and voice problems, tonsillitis and nasal disorders.

Consultation fees: ₹650- 800

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Deep Chest Cough - What Homeopathy Can Help You With?

Dr. Nandini Joshi 86% (10 ratings)
DHMS, CCH, CGO, CSD
Homeopath, Mumbai
Deep Chest Cough - What Homeopathy Can Help You With?

Come winter or even a slight change of season, and it is easy to catch a cold. With cold, it is quite normal and natural to develop a deep chest cough. However, it is to be noted that chest cough develops due to different reasons. Some are due to chest infections, while others are dry cough. Thus, for these different variations of cough, different homeopathic treatments are administered. Here is a list of some of the common types of treatments for curing deep chest cough

  1. Pulsatilla: Pulsatilla is administered to those who have a sore throat, constant irritation in the eyes and fever. When fever is accompanied with cough and cold, it is important to treat all three symptoms, lest it might usher in a more serious disease. Homeopathy is often described as a holistic form of treatment. Through the medicines, the personality of the patient can be determined. For instance, Pulsatilla is administered on those who are soft, gentle, mild and timid and who have a fear of being abandoned and thus cling on to people.

  2. Nux Vomica: Those experiencing high levels of stress and falling prey to cough and cold with a sore throat and sharp pain while swallowing should try a dose of Nux Vomica. This is used to cure cough and cold, which block the nose, especially at night, making it troublesome for the individual to breathe. This might also cause blockage in the ear and sharp pains while trying to swallow food.

  3. Phosphorus: At times, one experiences an extreme bout of cough that is triggered through dry throat and coarse fever. This violent cough can be nerve wrecking at times and a relaxing remedy is preferred by the patient as soon as possible to soothe the irritation.

  4. Bryonia: This is the best medicine to treat dry cough that can be a symptom of a slowly approaching influenza. Such coughs occurs when an individual takes a high intake of cold drinks or due to sudden weather changes. The cough is followed by fever and dryness of the throat. It might also itch to a certain extent.

  5. Natrum Mur: It is the best treatment for a dry cough, which often causes a tingling sensation in the throat. This sensation creates irritation and often leads to sleepless nights for the patient. There is also presence of whitish mucus in such types of cough.

These are some of the most common types of homeopathic treatments for treating deep chest cough. Each cough is different in nature and origin, and hence should be treated differently as per the individual symptoms. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Suffering From Deep Chest Cough? Know How Homeopathy Can Be Of Help!

Dr. Anju Singh Raginee 88% (21 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Ranchi
Suffering From Deep Chest Cough? Know How Homeopathy Can Be Of Help!

Come winter or even a slight change of season, and it is easy to catch a cold. With cold, it is quite normal and natural to develop a deep chest cough. However, it is to be noted that chest cough develops due to different reasons. Some are due to chest infections, while others are dry cough. Thus, for these different variations of cough, different homeopathic treatments are administered. Here is a list of some of the common types of treatments for curing deep chest cough-

  1. Pulsatilla: Pulsatilla is administered to those who have a sore throat, constant irritation in the eyes and fever. When fever is accompanied with cough and cold, it is important to treat all three symptoms, lest it might usher in a more serious disease. Homeopathy is often described as a holistic form of treatment. Through the medicines, the personality of the patient can be determined. For instance, Pulsatilla is administered on those who are soft, gentle, mild and timid and who have a fear of being abandoned and thus cling on to people.

  2. Nux Vomica: Those experiencing high levels of stress and falling prey to cough and cold with a sore throat and sharp pain while swallowing should try a dose of Nux Vomica. This is used to cure cough and cold, which block the nose, especially at night, making it troublesome for the individual to breathe. This might also cause blockage in the ear and sharp pains while trying to swallow food.

  3. Phosphorus: At times, one experiences an extreme bout of cough that is triggered through dry throat and coarse fever. This violent cough can be nerve wrecking at times and a relaxing remedy is preferred by the patient as soon as possible to soothe the irritation.

  4. Bryonia: This is the best medicine to treat dry cough that can be a symptom of a slowly approaching influenza. Such coughs occurs when an individual takes a high intake of cold drinks or due to sudden weather changes. The cough is followed by fever and dryness of the throat. It might also itch to a certain extent.

  5. Natrum Mur: It is the best treatment for a dry cough, which often causes a tingling sensation in the throat. This sensation creates irritation and often leads to sleepless nights for the patient. There is also presence of whitish mucus in such types of cough.

These are some of the most common types of homeopathic treatments for treating deep chest cough. Each cough is different in nature and origin, and hence should be treated differently as per the individual symptoms.  In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Home Remedies For common Cold And Cough!

Dr. Samadarshi Datta 88% (48 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Kolkata

Common cold and cough is a health problem which is very common and irritating. You can try these home remedies which are easy to use, inexpensive and easily available. The best thing about these remedies is they don't have any side effects.

Drink lot of fluids

Drink plenty of fluid. It helps clear up your congestion. Makes your throat moist and avoid dehydration. You can try water, tea, coffee, sports dring. Hot chicken soup is one of the ideals.

Inhale steam

The blood vessels can become irritated because of an acute upper respiratory infection, such as a cold or a sinus infection. The main benefit of breathing in moist, warm steam is that may help ease feelings of irritation and swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages.Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe slowly through your nose.

Home remedies for common cold and cough

Salt water rinse of nasal passage

It can help a lot to clear your nasal congestion. Mix 1 teaspoon of iodide-free salt and 1/3 teaspoon baking soda with 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled/boiled water. Always use distilled, sterile, or previous boiled water when you make this solution. Otherwise, you might get an infection.Filled a netipot or a bulb syringe with this solution. Lean over a basin then gently squirt the salt water into your nose. Let the solution drain. Then do the same procedure on other nostrils.

Apply hot packs on your sinuses

Apply warm cloths over your sinus can help clear your nasal passage congestion and ease the irritation.

Ginger tea

The health benefits of ginger root have been discussed for centuries. Now we have scientific proof of its curative properties.The ginger tea itself tastes good and also helps in treating common cold and cough. Ginger in hot tea helps to dry up running nose. Curing a common cold and cough is one of the various health benefits of ginger.It is very easy to make the tea. Just boil the water with some slices of ginger, then use this water to make the tea.


Milk and turmeric

This is maybe the oldest known indian recipe to fight common cold and cough. Turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating many health problems. Drinking hot milk mixed with turmeric before sleeping will help you recover from common cold and cough.

Cinnamon lemon, and honey mixture

This is a very effective mixture for fighting against the common cold and cough. Take a teaspoon of honey and mixed it with some drops of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon dust. Taking this mixture twice a day will help you fight against the common cold and cough.

Brandy and honey

Brandy warms your chest by increasing your body temperature. Mixing honey with bandy will help you fight against the common cold and cough.

Tulsi, ginger, and black pepper tea

Add tulsi, ginger and black pepper while preparing your tea and this spiced tea is great for your health. These three ingredients play an important role in fighting a common cold and cough.

Flaxseed for cough tratment

Boil 2 tbsp of flaxseeds with 1 cup of water till it thickens. Let it be cold then add some honey and lemon in this mixture. It is a great recipe for the common cold and cough.

You can use these remedies but if your conditions are not improved then immediately seek medical help. 

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Cough And Surgery!

Dr. Samadarshi Datta 88% (48 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Kolkata
Cough And Surgery!

Implications of cough before and after surgery: it's prevention and treatment are key to judicious management

Patients with cough frequently present to clinicians working in both primary and secondary care. Acute cough, which often follows an upper respiratory tract infection, may be initially disruptive but is usually self limiting and rarely needs significant medical intervention. Chronic cough often points towards some underlying lung pathology but many a times it presents as the sole manifestation of some throat pathology as well. Even with a clear diagnosis, cough can be difficult to control and, for the patient, can be associated with impaired quality of life. Any surgery may have some implications on the course of cough for any cause, whatsoever. On the other hand, surgery, per say, may create some situations which lead to distressing cough.

Acute cough before surgery:

May occur as an exacerbation of chronic underlying lung disease eg. Asthma, copd or lung fibrosis or an acute viral illness, commonly. The chronic disease should be evaluated in terms of lung function to predict post-operative risk for prolonged ventilation. Any acute viral illness causing distressing cough may entail delaying the surgery for 6 weeks, depending on the assessment of concerned anaesthesiologist. This is due to the fact that an acute viral infection may make the person more susceptible to the ill effects of anaesthetic agents. Another issue regarding the effect of violent cough in some specific form of surgery like cataract extraction is the adverse operative outcome due to raised pressure in eyes with every bout. So, the cough needs to get controlled by applying vigorous measures, depending on the cause and extent of cough, in such special cases.

Post- operative cough:

There could be several causes occurring not very rarely in many post-operative cases. The causes may be:
I) effect of anaesthetic gases
Ii) laryngeal swelling due to placement of plastic tube in airways during any prolonged surgery
Iii) segmental lung collapse due to lack of chest wall movement
Iv) infection in lower airways due to any compromised immune status or pre-existing illness
V) partial damage of a nerve named phrenic nerve in any upper abdominal surgery, causing partial immobility to the diaphragm
Most of the conditions deserve separate attention, but common post-operative measures taken to mitigate cough, are:
a) post-operative deep breathing exercises
b) incentive spirometry
c) chest physiotherapy
d) steam inhalation, mostly for tracheal problems regarding intubation
e) inhaled bronchodilators as and when necessary
f) suitable antibiotics, as needed

Good effect of cough, post-operatively

Mainly after thoracic and upper abdominal surgeries, cough-reflex is very important. The natural defence mechanism to clear the airways, is utterly needed in these cases to prevent post-operative pneumonia. The only precaution to be taught is, the patient has to immobilise the operative site with a clinching pillow, while coughing, to prevent wound dehiscence and other complications.
To summarise, cough as a reflex to clear the airways, is welcome proposition to prevent stasis of secretions and subsequent infection. But, distressing and uncontrolled cough is a real worrisome phenomenon, needing meticulous prevention and control before and after surgery, to avoid untoward complications.

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Ayurvedic Remedies To Control Common Cold!

Dr. Tarendra Kumar 85% (36 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Chhindwara
Ayurvedic Remedies To Control Common Cold!

No matter how well you take care of yourself, everyone catches a cold or flu at some time or the other. That’s probably the reason why it is popularly known as a ‘common’ cold. A cold on its own does not harm the body much but it leaves you feeling weakened and suppresses the immune system. Cold is a viral infection and hence is usually unresponsive to antibiotics and other medication. However, Ayurveda can help manage a cold better and speed up the recovery process.

Cough and cold can be triggered by a number of factors including a sudden drop in temperature, exposure to dust or pollen or staying in rooms with poor ventilation. Additionally, aggravating the Kapha dosha can also cause a cold or cough. When the food we eat is not digested properly, its turns into ‘ama’ that triggers cold or cough when it reaches the respiratory system. Some common ayurvedic remedies for coughs and colds are:

  1. Enhance your body heat: Keeping the body warm, especially the head, throat, chest and feet, is the first step to recovering from a cold. Drinking a cup of hot spiced tea or a glass of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a few times a day, can also help. Spices like cumin, coriander and black pepper are considered heat generating spices and hence should be used liberally when preparing food.
  2. Vapour therapy: To recover from a cough that is accompanied by congestion, try inhaling the hot vapours of water mixed with a little eucalyptus oil. This helps dilate the bronchial tubes and unblocks the nostrils. Inhaling the vapours of water mixed with rock salt can help relieve heaviness in the head and a mild cold. Simple hot water vapours itself can even be inhaled to relieve sinusitis pain. To benefit from vapour therapy, it is essential to sit in a room without the fan on and to cover your head and the vapour source while inhaling the steam.
  3. Dhooma Paan: Inhaling turmeric smoke is said to have an antiseptic effect on the lungs and respiratory tract. To benefit from this therapy burn a dried root of turmeric and inhale the smoke a few times. If you do not have access to the dried root of turmeric, place a red hot piece of charcoal with a few dried leaves in a clay pot, add a heaped spoon of turmeric powder to this and blow gently till it catches fire before inhaling the smoke.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ayurvedic Remedies For Cough And Cold!

Dr. Megha Goyal 86% (11 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), pgpp, MD
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Ayurvedic Remedies For Cough And Cold!

No matter how well you take care of yourself, everyone catches a cold or flu at some time or the other. That’s probably the reason why it is popularly known as a ‘common’ cold. A cold on its own does not harm the body much but it leaves you feeling weakened and suppresses the immune system. Cold is a viral infection and hence is usually unresponsive to antibiotics and other medication. However, Ayurveda can help manage a cold better and speed up the recovery process.

Cough and cold can be triggered by a number of factors including a sudden drop in temperature, exposure to dust or pollen or staying in rooms with poor ventilation. Additionally, aggravating the Kapha dosha can also cause a cold or cough. When the food we eat is not digested properly, its turns into ‘ama’ that triggers cold or cough when it reaches the respiratory system. Some common ayurvedic remedies for coughs and colds are:

  1. Enhance your body heat: Keeping the body warm, especially the head, throat, chest and feet, is the first step to recovering from a cold. Drinking a cup of hot spiced tea or a glass of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a few times a day, can also help. Spices like cumin, coriander and black pepper are considered heat generating spices and hence should be used liberally when preparing food.
  2. Vapour therapy: To recover from a cough that is accompanied by congestion, try inhaling the hot vapours of water mixed with a little eucalyptus oil. This helps dilate the bronchial tubes and unblocks the nostrils. Inhaling the vapours of water mixed with rock salt can help relieve heaviness in the head and a mild cold. Simple hot water vapours itself can even be inhaled to relieve sinusitis pain. To benefit from vapour therapy, it is essential to sit in a room without the fan on and to cover your head and the vapour source while inhaling the steam.
  3. Dhooma Paan: Inhaling turmeric smoke is said to have an antiseptic effect on the lungs and respiratory tract. To benefit from this therapy burn a dried root of turmeric and inhale the smoke a few times. If you do not have access to the dried root of turmeric, place a red hot piece of charcoal with a few dried leaves in a clay pot, add a heaped spoon of turmeric powder to this and blow gently till it catches fire before inhaling the smoke.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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