Zap The Common Cold Virus With Echinacea
Is the common cold virus attacking your nasal passages? Echinacea has powerful cold prevention and treatment benefits. Treating colds with Echinacea shortens the span of a cold by two days.
The common cold virus is responsible for infection of the upper respiratory tract, causing colds which are highly contagious. More than 200 viruses are responsible for the common cold which can spread from person to person through the air via normal human activities such as sneezing, coughing or by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
Most people suffer more than two bouts of cold in a year, thus the aptly named “common cold”. As your immune system kicks into action against the common cold virus, you begin to get the symptoms.
What Causes The Common Cold
Studies carried out by British researchers showed that the cold virus is activated at temperatures slightly below 98 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you stay in a cold condition for too long, there is a chance that your temperature may drop just enough to activate the common cold virus that might have been lurking in your nasal passage.
One factor that can also activate the common cold virus is breathing in overly dry air. The constant dry air causes the nasal passage to develop tiny cracks that acts as a gateway for the entry of viruses.
Other causes for the common cold can be the malfunction of the immune system due to illness and factors such as stress, fatigue or inadequate diet.
Symptoms Of The Common Cold
If the common cold virus has got your number, you are more likely to experience any of the following symptoms:
*Loss of appetite
The symptoms of a cold usually last from four to ten days, but nasal discharge and coughing can continue for up to three weeks.
Natural Cold Remedies
Cold symptoms typically have a span of four to ten days and taking over the counter medications is sometimes useless because the symptoms you are feeling are due to your immune system trying to flush out the viruses from your body.
Medication that suppresses the symptoms can actually make the cold last longer. Your best bet for beating the cold is to eat properly to help prevent them in the first place. If you already have the sniffles, you can shorten its duration or make symptoms less severe by applying one or more of the following remedies.
*Drink lots of herbal teas, plenty of water, and other sugarless fluids to detoxify and cleanse your body, and also to help loosen phlegm. Chicken soup also contains a substance that helps to thin out the mucus and relieve congestion.
*Take Echinacea and cut your risk of catching a cold by 58%. Echinacea is a very popular herb but the right type has to be used for the benefit of preventing a cold. The best form to use for prevention is purpurea in a tincture of 1 teaspoon twice a day for up to fourteen days. Herb Pharm brands such as Super Echinacea and Golden Echinacea are widely available and also endorsed by herbalist for potency and purity.
*Eat more onions, garlic, ginger and peppers. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that can help reduce nasal and sinus congestion. Garlic, onions and ginger may act as decongestants.
*Increase your intake of zinc. Studies have shown that people who sucked on zinc enriched lozenges during their cold bouts were symptom free four days earlier than those who did not receive zinc. Foods rich in zinc are wheat germ, dried peas and beans, oysters, and seafood.
*Gargle with water to flush out viruses. Studies found that gargling with water in the cold months removes viruses before they get the chance to infect you. This process was found to reduce illness risks by 36%.
*Wash your hands. The common cold virus can survive on objects and surfaces for as long as three days, so it is possible to contract the virus on your hands and pass it around. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
Most bouts of cold usually go away by themselves, but you should see your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Cough that produces green, yellow or bloody phlegm.
A severe headache or pain in the face, jaw or ear
Trouble swallowing or breathing
A fever over 100 degrees Farenheit that lasts for more than 48 hours.
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