• Common Cold Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 1 Is there any permanent solution for my frequent episodes of common cold?

    Well, yes you can get permanent relief from this disease. Homeopathy will help you in reducing the frequency of attacks of common cold and can prevent it from spreading it to other organs, leading to different other diseases like asthma or sinusitis.

    Homeopathic medicines will act at a deeper level of mind, body and soul and will boost up the immunity, so that you can live a disease free life.We have amazing remedies which acts wonderfully both in acute and chronic cases. Each person will manifest the symptoms in its own way, depending upon their sensitivity. Homeopathic treatment for common cold considers all of this and selects a highly individualized remedy that reduces the intensity and frequency of the present as well as further attacks.

  • 2 What can I do to treat common cold at home?

    We can treat this disease by following simple remedial measures at home such as having warm fluids like tea or chicken soup to clear the airways form secretions. Add spice to your drinks and food with little garlic, turmeric, ginger and honey. Although lemon juice is prohibited by many in cases of cold, fact is that Vitamin C in large doses has been known to help fight cold.

    Food like yogurt is naturally rich in healthy probiotic bacteria and boosts the immunity and reduces the chances of infections.

  • 3 Is there any other safe and alternative treatment available to get permanent relief from my symptoms of common cold?

    Yes, homeopathy has the potential benefit of relieving a large number of patients from the horrible attacks of frequent sneezing and runny nose. It focuses on the body's immune system by reducing the increase sensitivity to cold.

    After administration of medicines, over a period of time, the patient reacts less aggressively to the triggers and gets better adapted to his environment. 90% of patients can become normal with correct homeopathic treatment.

  • 4 Is there any treatment available to get rid of my frequent episodes of sneezing and nose block? If yes, what is it?

    Common cold is known to be a self-limiting disease that tends to resolve on its own. No specific treatment is available for the exit of virus but the goal of treatment lies in relieving the symptoms and preventing the further attacks of common cold. In case of fever, antipyretics can be used and sometimes decongestants are used to dry the nasal passages. But the effect remains temporarily and once such medicines exhaust their action, relief will start wearing off.

    Besides this, other supportive measures like drinking plenty of fluids, steam inhalation and salt water gargling for throat pain can give relief for the symptoms quickly.

  • 5 How can we diagnose Common cold?

    It is generally diagnosed on the basis of the description of symptoms and the findings during the physical examination. Laboratory testing and imaging studies may be recommended to rule out other possible complications like asthma or sinusitis.

  • 6 How do I prevent my child from frequent episodes of cold?

    Because common cold is a viral infectious disease, measures should be directed at reducing the chances of spreading infection. Normally, symptoms like sneezing or runny nose develops due to poor hygiene or sharing of personal items with infected person. Thus, simple preventive measures such as hand washing before and after food, cleaning house with disinfectant, avoiding contact with infected person and other measures can help to prevent your child from getting this disease.

    To know about this in detail, please read Common Cold Prevention.

  • 7 My husband, who is 37 year old, usually avoids taking medicines for his frequent cold, so can he develop any complications related to this?

    Common cold can be disgusting and irritating to many patients. It can sometimes have a significant impact on our daily activities and performance in school and work. If proper precautions are not taken at right time, then these infections can transmit to ear, nose and chest leading to serious problems.

    Ear infection is a frequent complication of common cold in young children. Also lingering cold can trigger wheezing along with cough and difficulty in breathing leading to an acute attack of asthma in susceptible individuals. Sometimes infection can also spread to lungs producing pneumonia in older children and adults.

    So ask your husband to take proper care of his health and consult your nearest physician quickly. Ignorance can sometimes lead to dangerous problems. To read more, go to Common Cold Complications.

  • 8 My 6 year old child suffers from cold, throat pain and nose block every time after eating ice cream? What can be this?

    If your child suffers from cold and sore throat after he/she eats ice cream then there may be a possibility that he/she might be suffering from Common cold. Symptoms of common cold typically begin two/2 to three/3 days after acquiring the infection. Child can suffer from watery nasal discharge with frequent sneezing. He/She may also have severe throat pain with cough. Muscle ache, fatigue, headache, and loss of appetite can accompany the main symptoms of common cold.

    Sometimes there can be low to high grade of fever in some children with vomiting and earache. However the final diagnosis can be made by the professional expert's examination and case history. Get more information about symptoms of common cold, click Common Cold Symptoms.

  • 9 How does one suffer from Common cold?

    Common cold is a viral respiratory illness caused by number of different viruses. More than 200 different types of viruses are known to cause common cold, but rhinovirus is the commonest virus, accounting for 30-35% of all colds. It also occurs when our immune system becomes weak and cause decreased resistance to most of the viruses producing a cluster of distressing symptoms like sneezing, running nose and sore throat.

    Sometimes the virus can be transmitted from person to person by infected airborne droplets (aerosols) or direct contact with infected nasal secretions or fomites (objects commonly used by the infected person that become contaminated, like towels, pencils, handkerchiefs, etc.) and from your hands into your nose or eyes. Thus, homeopathy focuses on boosting our immune system and prevents us from being infected by these infections.

  • 10 Can I drink alcohol if I am suffering from cold?

    If you are suffering from cold then it's important to keep the lining of nose and throat moist. Drinking too much alcohol can cause dryness of tissues and worsen your cold symptoms by causing congestion and difficulty in expectoration. It can even damage your delicate tissues of throat causing more sore throat.

    Alcohol suppresses our immune system and can interfere with the cold medications, thus it is important not to consume alcohol if you have cold or not. Be sure to drink other beverages, at least eight glasses of non-alcoholic fluids every day.

  • 11 Who all are at higher risk to get infected with Common cold?

    Common cold is a common viral illness all around the world. There are various factors that increase the chances of acquiring the common cold such as-

    • Age: Infants and young children are more susceptible to develop the common cold because of their low immunity
    • Lack of sleep- Insufficient sleep affects our immune system and increases the chances of being infected with cold. It is said that children should get sleep for 8-10 hours a day and adults 6-8 hours.
    • Seasonal variation: Frequent infections are commonly seen during autumn and winter.
    • Smoking- Smoking affects defence mechanism of our body and damages cells in the lungs, making it more venerable to develop serious respiratory complications from the common cold. It worsens cold and takes longer time to heal. Those children who reside in house where smoking is present are at higher risk to develop serious respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.
    • Weakened immune system- Individuals with a compromised immunity can easily fall prey to the disease. Like those on long-term chemotherapy, treatment of steroids or those who are infected with HIV.

    So do you feel you are at higher risk? Consult our best physicians right Now!