Cold symptoms and minor illnesses don’t always require medication. Proven home remedies are effective for sore throats, coughs, fevers and colds.
Whether it’s a runny nose, a cough or even a fever – the winter wave of infection is sweeping through German kindergartens, schools and offices. Although many cold symptoms are distressing, a visit to the doctor is not usually necessary. Many diseases can be treated at home. But what really helps against coughing, runny nose, sore throat, and fever?
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In order to quickly get back in shape, it is especially important to give your body enough rest and take care of yourself. In the best case, this means staying in bed for a few days and getting plenty of sleep. In the event of a cold, there is no need to resort to medications such as antibiotics. There are many tips and home remedies that have a gentle effect and shorten the course of the disease. However, sick young children and people with preexisting diseases should be careful and consult a doctor at an early stage. The RS virus, which is currently rampant, could be behind the symptoms, and severe courses are also possible.
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If cold and flu symptoms are typical, various home remedies can help. Sore throats can be relieved with gargles and neck rolls, for example. If the mucous membranes in the throat are irritated, rinsing them with salt water or herbal teas such as sage and chamomile tea can have an anti-inflammatory effect. A warm, moist neck wrap also stimulates blood circulation and thus supports the healing of sore throats and hoarseness.
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Help yourself: honey for cough
If you have a persistent cough and persistent hoarseness, you should keep your throat warm. Inhalation of hot water vapor is particularly suitable for this. This moisturizes the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and thus supports the natural cleaning function of the mucous membrane. Additives such as salt or chamomile also have an anti-inflammatory effect. In order to avoid burns, special inhalers available in pharmacies are particularly suitable for children.
Honey is also said to have an anti-inflammatory effect on coughing. According to a study, scientists recommend eating honey for coughs and colds. Honey has an antiseptic effect, soothes the mucous membranes and thus fights pathogens. Therefore, many people find honey to be very beneficial for colds. However, the natural product is not suitable for children under one year of age.
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Traditional home remedies for cold symptoms
Traditional home remedies for colds include grandma’s chicken soup and veal rolls. These can actually help the body heal at elevated temperatures. Because cold wraps around the calves make the body emit more heat. This lowers the fever a bit. To do this, soak a piece of cloth in water, wring it out, and wrap it around your lower legs. Repeat the process after a while. If you have a fever, you should also drink plenty of fluids.
If you are experiencing earache, do not hesitate to consult a doctor. Because these can quickly become very painful. One of the proven home remedies for earache is ear wraps. To do this, put chamomile flowers or finely chopped onions in a thin bag and heat it up a little – in the microwave or over a steamer. Then apply it to the inflamed ears.
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