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Common cold: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

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common cold

The common cold is a minor illness, which happens because of the virus. With more than 200 types of  virus around, the common cold keeps adding to the misery. Due to the common cold, many people are forced to stay back home. It is also quite contagious. On the whole, research shows that Americans have 1 billion colds a year.

 

Symptoms

Common cold symptoms include-

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nose block
  • Headaches
  • Light fever
  • Body ache
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Irritability
  • Rashes in some cases

 

Causes 

As mentioned above, common cold is caused because of viruses. One of the most common types around has to be the rhinovirus, which is responsible for about 10% to 40% of colds. Besides this, coronavirus is the major cause of about 20% of cases. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus lead to about 10% of colds each. 

 

Home Remedies

 

The common cold is not really serious but it does create havoc. You feel symptoms of being tired and fatigued along with nose block, constant sneezing, etc. Here are some simple remedies for dealing with this-

 

Inhale steam

mustard oil

For this remedy, you can either use a professional steamer or even heat water over a big pot or pan on the gas. Just make sure that the water is boiling hot. You would also need a big towel to cover your face and prevent steam from escaping.

    •    Take a steamer or pan of hot water. Cover head with the towel. Inhale this steam and exhale deeply.

    •    To this steam add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. You can also add any other essential oil. These oils sooth the inflated nasal passage and clear mucus.

    •    You can also run a hot shower in the bathroom. Then inhale the steam.

    •    Right after inhaling steam, blow your nose. This will get rid of mucus.

 

Mustard Oil

nasal spray

A common and yet easily available home remedy for common cold is mustard oil.

    •    Heat mustard oil. When bearable temperature apply on nose, neck and back.

    •    Apply this oil on feet and massage. Cover with socks. This improves breathability.

    •    Burn some garlic cloves in mustard oil. Strain and use this oil for massaging.

    •    You can also inhale the steam of the burning mustard oil.

 

Nasal Spray

nasal spray

You can easily buy a salt or saline water nasal spray in the market. You can make it at home using-

    •    Mixing 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon baking soda.

    •    Place this liquid in an airtight container.

    •    Now add one teaspoon of this mixture to 8 ounces of lukewarm boiled or distilled water.

    •    Use a few drops of this water inside the nasal passage

    •    Put head back in an upward tilt. This allows the nasal drop to reach the back of your nasal passage.

 

Vitamin C

orange

Having a lot of vitamin C is recommended as home remedy for common cold.

    •    Eat more of oranges, sweet lime and even grapefruit. 

    •    Take out a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Drink twice a day.

    •    Avoid the packaged ones.

    •    You can also mix honey, lemon juice with warm water. Drink this 2-3 times.

 

posted Nov 7, 2016 by Rachel

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The fluid-filled blisters which usually appear at the edge of the lips, nostrils or chin are called cold sores. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus.

Causes 

  1. High Fever
  2. Having another infection like an infection of respiratory tract
  3. Emotional and psychological stress
  4. Menstruation or hormonal imbalances
  5. Consistent tiredness or fatigue
  6. Exposure to strong sunlight
  7. Any changes in the immune system

 

Symptoms 

  1. Pain in and around the mouth, depending on the area where the blister is formed. 
  2. Mouth ulcers
  3. Swelling of lips
  4. Chewing and Swallowing difficulties due to pain
  5. Sore throat
  6. Swollen glands
  7. Elevated body temperature
  8. Dehydration 
  9. Nausea
  10. Headaches

Home Remedies

Hydrogen peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide helps to disinfect and heal up the surfaced sore to spread or worsen.

  • Take 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. 
  • You will also need some cotton balls, cotton pads, or facial tissue
  • Soak the cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide
  • Place it directly on the store. Hold for a few seconds.
  • Then dab it again and re-apply. Let the ball stay on the area for about five minutes
  • You can then rinse it off using the same ball.

 

Vitamin E and C foods

The next step here would be eating more of Vitamin E and C foods that fight cold sores. Foods that you can eat here include

  • Red berries, Kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, red and green peppers, spinach, etc.
  • You can also consume nuts, leafy greens, avocado and whole grains
  • Vitamin enriched oil can be applied on the sore.
  • Almond oil too is rich in vitamin E and can be used.

 

Cornstarch

Cornstarch aids in drying up the cold sores thus hastening the recuperation process.

  • 1 spoon of fresh cornstarch or corn flour. Mix it with same quantity of water.
  • Apply on the cold sores. Let it dry completely. 
  • Rinse off.
  • To the same mixture add 1-2 drops of either tea tree, peppermint or even eucalyptus oil.
  • Mix well and apply. Wash off when dry.

 

Lemon balm

The use of lemon balm is a quick remedy for dealing with cold stores

  • Take any organic lemon balm for lips. Apply on lips and cold sore.
  • Make sure the balm is free of harmful preservatives
  • You can also use tea tree based lemon balm.
  • Take leaves of lemon balm. Crush and puree them. Apply on cold sore.
  • Use lemon balm oil mixed with cornstarch.
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Baldness

Characterized by having little or no hair on the scalp.

Causes

  1. Physical stress
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Too much vitamin A
  4. Lack of protein
  5. Male pattern baldness
  6. Heredity
  7. Female hormones
  8. Emotional stress
  9. Anemia
  10. Hypothyroidism
  11. Vitamin B deficiency
  12. Autoimmune-related hair loss
  13. Dramatic weight loss
  14. Chemotherapy
  15. Polycystic ovary syndrome
  16. Antidepressants, blood thinners, and more
  17. Over-styling
  18. Aging
  19. Anabolic steroids

Symptoms

  1. The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline.
  2. The hairline gradually moves backward and forms an "M" shape.
  3. Eventually, the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Home Remedies

Aloe Vera 

  • Aloe vera has various health benefits and hair growth is one of them. The enzymes in it help open the clogged hair follicles and allow growth of hair
  • Extract the gel from aloe vera by cutting the leaf like in the picture above
  • Apply this gel to the scalp and massage gently for 4-5 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water after 15-20 minutes
Beetroot leaves
  • Boil 10-15 beetroot leaves in water and wait until they become soft
  • Grind them to form a smooth paste while adding 1 tbsp of henna to it
  • Apply this mixture and leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Wash with lukewarm water
Gooseberry
  • Cut few gooseberries and allow them to shade dry.
  • Add these to 2 tbsp of coconut oil and heat the oil such that the gooseberries become dark
  • Let the oil cool and apply it thoroughly to the scalp
  • You can also make a paste by adding 2 tsp of dried gooseberry powder to 1 cup boiled water, followed by adding honey and yogurt, 1 tsp each. Apply this to the scalp.
Almond oil 
  • Mix equal proportions of Almond oil and castor oil and apply it to scalp
  • It not just strengthens the existing hair, but also promotes hair growth
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Athlete's foot

A common fungal infection between the toes in which the skin becomes itchy and sore, followed by cracking and peeling away.

Causes

  1. Contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors, and shoes.
  2. When feet are exposed to damp and warm conditions, they multiply rapidly.
  3. Thick, tight shoes are more likely to trigger athlete's foot because they squeeze the toes together, creating ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive. 
  4. Athlete's foot commonly spreads around swimming pools and communal showers 

Symptoms

  1. Dry skin,
  2. Itching,
  3. Burning,
  4. Redness of the feet.
  5. Blistering, peeling,
  6. Cracking of the skin,
  7. Bleeding may occur.
  8. Wet and white appearance of affected area

Home Remedies

 
Tea 
 
  • The tannic acid in tea is natural astringent which helps to keep the moisture away. 
  • Steep 5 tea bads in 1 litre of water and allow it to boil. 
  • Let it warm and soak your feet in this concoction.
  • It is suggested you repeat it twice day for best results.

Cinnamon

  • Add 8-10 sticks of Cinnamon in 4 cups of water and boil it for 5 minutes. 
  • Let it steep for 45 minutes more, while it cools.
  • Dip your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Organic Neem oil
 
  • This is enriched with natural pesticides. 
  • Apply the oil using a cotton ball to affected areas everyday before going to bed
 
Yogurt
 
  • The acidophilic bacteria in yogurt act as a natural fighter of fungus. 
  • Apply on affected area and leave for 25-30 minutes and rinse off.

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sore throat

Sore throat refers to scratchiness, pain, or irritation of the throat. Throat pain makes it hard to swallow food and liquids. 

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Painful or a dry throat is one of the main symptoms of sore throat. Often this pain is accompanied by itchiness and irritation.

    •    Difficult to swallow or talk due to pain.

    •    Swollen glands in your jaw or neck.

    •    You may notice white patches on the tonsils.

    •    Hoarseness is also a sign of sore throat.

    •    You may also experience fever, cough, sneezing, running nose, body aches, or headache before you get sore throat.

    •    

Causes

 

    •    A number of bacterial infections, or Viral infections such as common cold, flu, mononucleosis, chickenpox, etc., cause sore throat.

    •    Allergies and irritants can contribute to sore throat.

    •    Dry indoor air can make your throat feel itchy and rough and can cause sore throat.

    •    Muscle strain, caused by screaming or talking loudly leads to sore throat.

    •    Severe medical conditions such as HIV infection or cancerous tumors in the throat can cause a sore throat.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Sore Throat

 

Lemon

lemon

    •    Lemon helps remove mucus and thus relieves sore throat.

    •    Squeeze half a lemon to get the juice and add one teaspoon of honey to it. Add this mixture to a cup of hot water and sip it slowly.

    •    Alternatively, you can lick half a lemon sprinkled with little pepper over it.

    •    

Apple cider vinegar

 

    •    Antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar helps treat sore throat.

    •    Add one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey and one tablespoon of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water. Drink it 2-3 times daily.

    •    You can also gargle with apple cider vinegar solution; add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle with it several times a day.

    •    

Cinnamon

cinnamon

    •    Cinnamon is an excellent remedy for sore throat caused due to common cold.

    •    Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and black pepper with a glass of warm water. Strain this mixture and gargle with it several times a day.

    •    Alternatively, consume the mixture of one teaspoon of honey and few drops of cinnamon oil twice daily.

Garlic

 

    •    Antibacterial and antiseptic properties of garlic helps treat as well as prevent sore throat.

    •    Consume 2-3 raw garlic cloves daily.

    •    Alternatively, add 4-5 drops of garlic oil to 1/4th cup of water and gargle with it 1-2 times daily.

 

 

 

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stomach worms

Stomach worms can come in many shapes and sizes. They are more common than you may think. Most of the times, stomach worms can thrive in the human body with no signs of its presence. However, sometimes a person can feel constantly ill and have no idea what's going on. Most common stomach worms include tapeworms, pin-worms, roundworms, etc.

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Abdominal pain, bloating, or gas is the common symptom of having stomach worms.

    •    You may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    •    Stools containing blood or passing worms in your stool.

    •    You may have itching or rash around the rectum.

    •    Sometimes you may feel tired or may lose your weight.

    •    

Causes

 

    •    Living in or visiting the sites known to have parasites can cause stomach worms.

    •    Poor hygiene or poor sanitation (for both water and food).

    •    Incompetent immune system.

    •    Ageing; Children and elderly are more likely to get affected by stomach worms than adults.

    •    

Home Remedies To Cure Stomach worms  

 

Coconut

 

    •    Coconut acts as a anti-parasite agent and expels out all types of stomach worms.

    •    Consume one tablespoon of shredded coconut with breakfast and after three hours, drink a glass of warm milk mixed with 2 tablespoons of castor oil. Repeat daily once until you get relief.

    •    

Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

    •    Pumpkin seeds also have anti-parasitic properties and thus they can paralyze stomach worms.

    •    Mix one tablespoon each of roasted, crushed  pumpkin seeds and honey. Eat this mixture first thing in the morning for about a week. 

    •    Alternatively, add 2 tablespoons of crushed pumpkin seeds to 3 cups of boiling water. Let it boil for another 20-30 minutes. Allow it to cool and drink it.

    •    

Garlic

 

    •    Garlic is helpful for dealing with any kind of stomach worms due to its anti-parasitic nature. In addition, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties of garlic help body to get rid of microbes.

    •    Eat 3-4 fresh, raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily for about a week.

    •    Alternatively, add 2 crushed garlic cloves to half a cup of milk and boil it. Drink it on an empty stomach, repeat daily for about a week.

    •    

Carom Seeds

carom seeds

    •    The thymol content in carom seeds hinders the growth of stomach worms.

    •    Eat a small piece of jaggery on an empty stomach and after 15 minutes, consume ¼ or ½ teaspoon of crushed carom seeds and then quickly drink a glass of water. Repeat daily once for about 2 weeks.

 

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