You or your loved one could be suffering from the common cold. We present five things to do so that the annoying cold is banished from your home.
The common cold often strikes when one is least expecting it. It first manifests itself in a changed environment – anything from a dip in temperature to exposure to unclean surroundings can trigger it. Often, it is highly contagious and is easily passed from one person to another through both direct and indirect contact. Once it sets in, it takes at least a week to be brought under control.
However, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and reduce the intensity of a cold outbreak.
Follow these cold remedies for a happy home during cold season:
1. Isolate the patient. The person suffering from cold should not be in contact with the other members of the house, especially pets. The cold spreads through the air and through person-to-person contact, so it is best to keep the patient away from others. Use disinfectant sprays on all the surfaces in the home that the person may have touched to eliminate the spread of germs.
2. Clean the house. It is vital that you keep the house completely clean during cold season. Ensure that you regularly wipe down all kitchen and bathroom surfaces and use effective floor cleaners all over the house. This will help contain the germs.
3. Consume fluids frequently. The body can get dehydrated when the common cold sets in since its defences are already poor. At this time, it is important to keep the body hydrated with fluids such as water, green tea, chicken soup and fresh fruit juices. These will help the body build resistance to the cold germs and recover faster. Warming foods like chicken soup are some of the most effective cold remedies: they help clear clogged sinuses and ease breathing.
4. Take enough rest. Often, the common cold can be dealt with a simple remedy: resting in bed. Though it may not always be possible to do so, especially with work or school project deadlines on the horizon, resting during the first days of the common cold will help ease its symptoms. A rested body is able to build its defences against disease better.
5. Clean the patient’s clothes and bedding separately. Even after the cold has reduced in severity, it requires constant vigilance to see that the germs do not spread all over the house. Use a pair of gloves when handling the patient’s clothes and bedding. Wash them separately in the washing machine and use anti-bacterial detergent on them. Once the clothes are washed, clean out the inside of the washing machine with cleaning wipes before using it again.