Got a Runny Nose?

Filed Under (Common Cold, Sinus Problems) by rashmi on 24-04-2012

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How would you feel if you have runny nose, sniffles and a stuffed up head. Irritating congestion is truly a bother!

Don’t worry, there is an excellent solution for your problem. It is called Neti Pot Therapy and you can do it at home.

Symptoms and Causes of Common Cold

Common cold is the blockage and annoying feeling in the upper part of the body like respiratory tract. Usually various types of viruses will enter the body through the nose and mouth. Virus, bacteria that creates infection can easily spread while you touch something or someone who are infected with virus. There are more than 200 types of viruses that cause common cold. In most cases, cold are very mild reaction and people recover easily without much difficulty.

The symptoms or the signs may vary from person to person, depending upon the type of bacterial or viral infection. Whereas basic symptoms usually will be sneezing, a abrasive throat, nasal congestion, cough, headache, a stuffed or a runny nose.

People who suffer from cold usually have runny nose for two to three days with continuation of stuffy nose for two or three days more.

Basic Care for Cold

The basic and foremost habit to cultivate to avoid cold is to hand wash: very simple yet very effective tool to avoid cold symptoms. Antibacterial gels are also available in the market that are very useful in killing cold germs.

Covering your mouth and nose with a clean cloth while you cough or sneeze may also avoid spread of viruses.

Clearing the Blockage

Usually nasal cavities are filled up with air. When the sinuses are blocked with the common cold and filled with fluid, then it may lead to nasal swelling. Bacteria grow in the sinuses and cause the infection. Surely clearing the blockage will reduce the infection and relive you from irritated pain and restlessness.

It is well known that cold is self limited illness that needs to resolve by its own with time. Usually body needs to fight off the infection.

Let us look into some do’s and do not’s. There are some simple remedies that can alleviate you from common cold symptoms.

Traditional Treatment for Treating Cold

Basic practice to be done in treating common cold is to take plenty of water or fluids in order to prevent your body in dehydration. It is also recommended to take rest which may avoid your body from losing   water content and may make you feel relax to an extent.

Gargling with warm water mixed with salt will relieve the symptoms. Inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil also gives you comfort. Throat sprays, cough syrup, nasal drops may help in reducing the symptoms, but it is important to know about the undesirable side effects of such medications. Remember to use any aspirin or aspirin containing medications for children or teenagers since it can cause potentially fatal condition over repeated usage. Cough and cold medicines are not recommended to infants and children at all.

The New Solution – Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation can be used as parallel remedy for the process which is considered as the best therapy to treat common cold. The neti pot is a small pot with a spout and a handle. The spout is designed in such a way so that it is easy to plug it in one’s nostril. You should use neti pot therapy with the proportionate salt solution.

Once the Neti Pot is filled with the saline solution made, tilt your head over the sink at 45 degree angle. Now gently pour the saline solution into the nostril.

Flow the fluid into your nasal cavity and let it pass out with other nostril. After every circulation blow your nose to get rid of any leftover liquid, and then once again repeat the process from the other nostril which will surely relieve you from common cold and runny nose.

If you want to learn more check out Neti Pot Treatment article

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