Runny nose, cough, sore throat: cold symptoms in a better deal individually
Hardly anyone comes in the cold Season without a cold. The associated symptoms such as sore throat or cough can often be made with simple home remedies alleviated. Some people take to drugs. Whoever does this, should refrain from according to experts a better combination preparations and the cold symptoms prefer to individually tackle.
In the cold Season of the year colds are piling up
In the autumn and Winter it is not uncommon in cold and wet weather to catch an infection. Since the symptoms are similar, some people are not quite clear, whether you are suffering from a “simple” cold (flu infection) or the flu. What disease is, among other things, how fast the complaints, because a true flu occurs all of a sudden. In the case of suspected Influenza patients should definitely go to the doctor. Cold symptoms can usually be alleviated with home remedies. Important in the case of the two infections is that they are always properly addressed.
Complaints can well with home remedies treat
A cold usually begins with a sore throat. Then follow a fever, head cold, cough, and sometimes and pain in the limbs.
Usually, the complaints go well with home remedies treat it. Also available is a variety of recipe are free medicines from pharmacies and drugstores.
Who accesses such funds should, according to the drug experts of the Foundation test not to rely better on combination preparations.
They recommend instead that cold symptoms individually.
In cold preparations, a price comparison is worth it
In the magazine “test” Stiftung Warentest 50 useful resources. These can be viewed on their website for a fee.
According to the experts products is worth it in many Cold a price comparison. So the expensive product costs, for example, in the case of Cough medicines with the same active ingredients, up to three euros more. Also in the case of cold spray, or painkillers, there is potential for savings.
As a General rule: anyone Who puts the common cold virus with Sprays, pills and juices to the body, there should be no Illusion:.
The products neither healthy nor shorten the Suffering. In the best case, they relieve the symptoms.
Combined preparations to combat the different symptoms at the same time, the rating of Stiftung Warentest, however, as little suited.
“The resources are not useful and can lead to side effects,” explains Dr. Gerd Glaeske, medicines, expert of Stiftung Warentest.
Rather each Symptom fight individually
The lot sold and intensively advertised Combination products such as Grippostad C, Aspirin complex, or Wick MediNait promise to relieve various complaints at the same time, and, therefore, contain more active ingredients.
Since symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, and cough occur frequently in succession and in varying degrees of intensity, to evaluate the drug experts of the Foundation of the test Combination against the common cold, however, were as little suited.
To treat everything on a hunch, by watering can principle, not be necessary. Add to this the Problem that the combination of different drugs in the same drug is associated with an increased risk of side effects.
Means of plant-based
Some consumers rely on cold remedies, plant-based, such as cough remover with extracts of ivy, or thyme, herbal teas, essential Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint and camphor.
Funds from the herb Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the call to strengthen the immune system and protect against infections.
Also popular Umckaloabo. The root extract of a South African Geranienart is intended to protect, among other things, mucous membranes, kill bacteria.
Is approved Umckaloabo in the case of acute Bronchitis.
To consider in principle that even the best means Cold can relieve symptoms only. An infection is almost always caused by viruses. And against the approximately 200 known pathogens, no herb is grown.
No drug distributes to the complaints abruptly. The need to provide the body with the defense forces.
Adults need seven to ten days to be fit again. Children, whose immune system is formed, are usually longer and more frequent sick leave: Up to ten infections per year are normal.
There is a lot that can be done to avoid infections as much as possible. The Stiftung Warentest has carried out a number of tips and also explains – if a cold gets but – as the time of suffering can be facilitated.
Especially important is a thorough hand washing: You should wash your hands several times a day for 20 to 30 seconds. The shaking hands should be avoided in the Cold season better.
By contrast showers, a sauna, and a Kneipp action, you can toughen the body, and so less prone to infections. But, these measures are only recommended to Healthy.
Wet towels on the heater and plants in the area, as well as regular Airing moisten the air in the room. Heating air dries out the mucous membranes and makes you more susceptible to viruses.
In the disease case, you should treat yourself to the possibility of peace. To lay down on a Sofa or bed helps the immune system, the infection to ward off.
It is very important to drink a lot. The best water, unsweetened herbal teas, or juice spritzers. This prevents fluid loss in fever, and helps to remove also mucus.
Hot vapors moisten the respiratory system and loosen stuck mucus. Very classic, it goes with a kitchen pot and a towel. The water can be herbal or some essential Oil.
By the Sucking of cough and other (preferably sugar-free) candies, the saliva flow is stimulated and saliva, in turn, different parts of the body contains its own Defense against the common cold pathogens.
Fever with calf wrap reduce. In General, this is in adults and in children starting at a body temperature of 39 degrees is necessary.
This cotton cloths in warm water soak, wring out and loose around the lower leg wrap. If the wipes are warm, they can be removed. This can be repeated up to three times. (ad)