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Doctor’s advice: medical attention to treat cold

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMany know the feeling whenever autumn comes along – cold feet and running nose. This means you’re about to catch a cold! Even though it seems that the immunity reserve gathered during summer would be enough, the speed and stress modern life drops on us takes its toll nonetheless.

A cold can last for one week. It usually begins with a sore throat that lasts a couple of days. Later symptoms include blocked or running nose and cough. Adults often experience body temperature slightly above 37° C (37.2° C – 37.5° C). Children often have body temperature higher than that. The human body serves as a host for the virus in the first three days. This is why it is a good idea to remain indoors to rest, advises Premium Medical Clinic doctor Aija Šnikvalde.

The doctor adds that it is also recommended to consult with a doctor and increase reserves of your home first aid kit. The most important medicine to have is temperature-reducing medicine, C vitamin, nose drops or ointments and pills that can help with a sore throat.

When not using medicine regularly, it is important to make sure they have not expired. It is also important to remember that different types of medicine should be stored differently: some should be kept in a dark place, refrigerator, in the original package, etc. Dosage is no less important, as recommended dosage varies from adult to child.

Some people drink warm milk with honey, others prefer ginger infusion and adding mustard to a hot bath for legs. All of these methods are effective. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that symptoms of the common cold should not be left without attention. It is always a good idea to consult with a doctor if your health does not improve after a couple of days.

There are a few first aid recommendations that should be considered when catching a cold:

It is important to remain indoors in the first two to three days after discovering the first symptoms. Resting and taking in a sufficient amount of water is also important. The more water a sick person ingests the faster toxins will be washed out of the system. An average adult should drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

Herbal teas are also good at helping overcome cold. Lime, chamomile, raspberry leaf tea, black currant and other teas that help strengthen the immune system are good for this.

C vitamin is invaluable for the human immune system. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich with this vitamin. C vitamin also helps improve general condition when sick.

High body temperature is one of the human organism’s defensive mechanisms against infections. Therefore, if body temperature is not higher than 38.5° C, it is not a good idea to use medicine that helps reduce body temperature, said the doctor.

Rinsing the throat with chamomile tea can help with a sore throat. Salt water is also a good idea. However, it should be used only if there is pus. Otherwise salt water will only make things worse.

It is no secret that a family doctor can set the most accurate diagnosis and prescribe the most appropriate medicine.

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