The symptoms of colds and flu are uncomfortable and overwhelming and without further stress. There are a few mistakes that those who become ill with the cold do not realize that they worsen the symptoms of cough, rhinorrhea, fever, heavy breathing and delaying healing. Here's what you don't have to do when you're cool, if you want to get back to it faster and easier!
Ignoring or confusing the symptoms
Many people make the mistake of ignoring the early symptoms of a cold or confusing it with allergies. It is important to know that the unpleasant symptoms of the cold decrease in intensity if the treatments or remedies for their improvement are given since the onset of the virus.
So, if you feel like you are shivering, run your nose and cough, do not hesitate to take the first therapeutic measures quickly, to avoid the severity of the infection and the possible complications.
Lack of sleep or rest
One of the most effective treatments against the cold is prolonged rest. Since there are no drugs to cure infections caused by viruses, the most important therapeutic measure remains to strengthen the immune system to fight the virus attack.
Rest is an essential measure in increasing the body's resistance and speeding up healing after the cold.
Abuse of decongestant sprays or nasal drops
The use of decongestant nasal sprays or drops may prove to be cumbersome in treating the symptom of a runny nose during the cold. Although these can be of great help in improving breathing and clearing the nasal pathways, abuse can be dangerous to health, as it predisposes to addiction.
Low fluid consumption
Hydration is another essential measure in recovering from the flu or cold, but very few sick people take this important advice into account. Increased fluid intake fights some of the most unpleasant symptoms of respiratory viruses - fever, clogging of the nose - and helps the immune system effectively fight infection.
It is advisable to drink lots of teas, soups and water as soon as you feel that the first symptoms are getting worse in your body and condition.
Smoking or alcohol
Smoking and alcohol aggravate cold symptoms and make you feel worse than you should. Quit these unhealthy habits at least during the convalescent period.
Alcohol may interact negatively with the medication given to relieve symptoms. Smoking exacerbates the symptoms of sore throat or cough, affecting the airways and thus harming the influenza virus that attacked your body.
Increased stress level in the body
Stress weakens the body's immune system, contributes to worsening the symptoms of respiratory virus and prolongs the duration of the disease. Therefore, it is recommended that while the influenza virus gets its head in the body to rest as much as possible, away from any stress factor that could worsen your condition.
Do you know any other common mistakes that aggravate the cold or flu? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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