If your nose is running and your throat is tickling, it isn’t just going to affect your sleep. Headache and aching joints force us to avoid exertion. But what helps tackle a cold and rhinitis, and how can you quickly get rid of a cold? Doctors will only prescribe antibiotics for a bacterial infection. Actually, the only treatment for a cold is to ease the symptoms. The infection clears up on its own after a while. You can, however, boost your immune system to shake off a cold quickly. Ensure, for example, that you have plenty of fluids, sleep a lot and, above all, avoid stress.
A healthy person should drink up to two litres of water a day. If you have a cold with a fever, the body needs more fluid because you will be perspiring more. Even a runny nose leads to loss of fluid. If you do not want to drink only water or herbal tea, you can reach for the tried and tested chicken soup. The fluid warms you from the inside and the protein is anti-inflammatory. Avoid dry air from central heating. It is essential that you regularly ventilate rooms.
You may have heard the myth: Fill a pot with water, add salt and bring the pot to the boil on the stove. Then grab a large towel and put your head over the pot. But anyone who has ever left the pot on the stove will realise that when the water has all evaporated, the salt is left over in the pot. Because the salt, which is added to break up mucous if you have a blocked nose, does not evaporate but remains in the pot. The patient therefore does not have any of the effect, but in the worst case will have scalded skin. Many doctors even warn against using this method. Aside from scalding, the hot steam can get into your eyes and irritate the mucous membranes, especially in children and adults with asthma.
Inhaling saline solutions for respiratory diseases is a commonly-used method to ease and prevent symptoms. Modern nebuliser devices, such as PARI devices, will disperse the saline solution in a fine aerosol. Respiratory diseases can be effectively and gently treated at any age, from new-born infants right up to old age. We recommend the PARI BOY Classic for the lungs and the PARI SINUS2 for the treatment of sinuses (from the age of 6 years).
Inhaling with a jet or membrane nebuliser, unlike the cooking pot method, generates a fine mist (aerosol) from a saline solution, which can be transported into the respiratory passages. The “mist” disperses in the airways and can even be transported into the sinuses with pulsation. Mucous is moistened making it easier to transport out of the lungs and airways. Dried mucous and scabs are softened and detach faster. Therapy for the sinuses can boost circulation in the mucous membranes with pulsating bursts of pressure.
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