At the time of the year when respiratory infections occur, people should turn to the natural methods of treatment. Colds and flu have similar symptoms, but they significantly differ when it comes to the treating method and recovery length.

Both are viral respiratory diseases which belong to the group of droplet infections. They are easily spread while sneezing, coughing, speaking or being in contact with objects that are previously infected with viruses, which are later entered into the nose and mouth.

It is estimated that the half of the world population catches a cold at least once a year. Although most colds as well as flu are generally not taken seriously, doctors warn that it may have serious complications and consequences later if not treated properly.

Viral infections can be especially difficult for elderly people and those with weakened immune system.

Cold

Symptoms: The most common indicator of the cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The most typical symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes, redness of the throat, cough, headache, exhaustion and fever. It usually lasts about a week, but if longer, the infected person should contact the doctor.

When it comes to the treatment, it is recommended to drink plenty of liquids, teas and soups, take as many fresh fruits and vegetables, in order to strengthen the immune system and have rest. Antibiotics will not help, so don’t take them without consulting the doctor first. Headache, muscle ache and fever can be suppressed by taking antipyretics. It is also recommended to consume vitamin C and its combinations. Rhinorrhea can be stopped by using nose drops or combined medicinal preparations for oral use. Scratchy throat can be treated with pastilles and cough can be successfully fought with herbal syrup. Keep in mind to moisten the air in the room where you spend most of your time.

Tea: Pour two liters of water and add one well washed apple, one lemon and one red onion into a saucepan. Cook until the apple breaks and the tea gets a golden yellow color. In the end squeeze the cooked lemon into the tea, eat the apple and get rid of the red onion. It is best to drink it hot, because it acts more quickly that way.

Flu

Symptoms are similar as with colds. The disease most often begins with sudden chills and high fever, exhaustion and muscle ache. The flu can easily turn into pulmonary infection, inflammation of the heart muscle or wrists and therefore it should be treated seriously under the medical supervision.

Treatment: Use medications which lower the temperature, drink plenty of fluids, consume more vitamins contained in fresh fruit and vegetables. People at high risk of developing flu-related complications, such as pregnant women, elderly people and patients suffering from chronic diseases, should rest more, and in case of complications should immediately contact their doctor. If the state does not improve in two or three days, or if the temperature is constantly above 39 degrees, be sure to contact doctor as soon as possible.

Prevention

Avoid the contact with people who are already infected, wash your hands frequently, because the viruses can be transmitted through the items that were in direct contact with an infected person (the phone or bus handle). You also must ventilate the room, rest and eat properly.

Natural products: Cumin can be used preventively against colds and to calm coughing. It has antibacterial effects, contains the essential oil, tannins and mucilage. Pour a tablespoon of cumin with 250 ml of water and cook over low heat for about five minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and strain after ten minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey into a warm tea, stir it up and drink it.

Allergies

If you sneeze a lot, have an itchy feeling in the nose and rhinorrhea, tingling and watery eyes – you may have an allergy. If you are inclined to have allergic reactions and already use medication, take those who have the best effect on you, regardless of the time of the year.

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