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Cold Prevention and Treatment for Winter

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Treatment for Winter With Cold Prevention Remedies

With Christmas now just over 40 days away, it’s not only nearly the time to be merry with one and all, it’s also nearly the time to stock up and prepare for cold and flu season.

Flu, short for influenza, is a common infectious viral illness that causes symptoms including a high temperature, tiredness and weakness, headaches, a dry, chesty cough and general aches and pains. Secondary, less prominent symptoms can include a sore throat, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose.

Commonly associated, and often mixed up with flu is the common cold, whose symptoms include a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, a cough, a hoarse voice and generally feeling unwell.

In the large majority of cases, the illnesses last for just a week or less; all the same, it can be very unpleasant. There are however plenty of flu and cold remedies available over the counter or online, as well as preventative measures that can be taken.

Prevention is better than cure

As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’ and although steering clear of every strain and every person who comes down with a cold or the flu is near on impossible, there are ways of reducing your chances of catching it and, if you are unfortunate enough to come down with one or the other, decreasing the longevity and severity of the symptoms.

Sleep

Sleep controls the release of a hormone cortisol into the body, which in turn helps to stimulate the cells that boost the immune system. A healthy, well-functioning immune system is vital in reducing your chances of coming down with either a cold, or catching the flu. Research suggests that those who don’t get enough sleep are up to 3 times more likely to catch a cold.

Vitamin C

Despite large amounts of research, there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that vitamin C actually prevents colds. However, the research does indicate that vitamin C does lessen the symptoms and decrease the longevity of the common cold and flu, so it’s worth keeping levels up during the winter months, just in case.

Zinc

Zinc has been proven to support and enhance the immune system, and will then therefore bolster the body’s own defences against cold and flu. Taking zinc supplements within 24 hours of the symptoms starting will also help to speed up the recovery and lessen the symptoms.

Protein

Protein helps the body fight fatigue, but it also helps the body build up the essential antibodies that fight off infection and promotes immune system strength. Although there hasn’t been enough research to directly correlate protein with cold prevention, a strong immune system is certainly not a bad thing when trying to prevent catching a virus.

Keep your hands clean

It’s just sensible to keep your hands clean when there are millions of germs all around you. You don’t know whether the last person to touch the door handle, stair bannister or use the ATM has a cold or is carrying the flu virus.

Treatments

There are literally hundreds of flu and cold remedies available to rid ourselves of, or alleviate the various symptoms associated with cold and flu. We’ve found that some of the most popular treatments, excluding pain-killers, include:

Codeine linctus

Codeine phosphate linctus provides relief from the dry, nauseating cough often associated with the flu and common cold. Containing only one active ingredient known as codeine phosphate (linctus), Codeine linctus is a mild narcotic analgesic, similar to but weaker than morphine. It also subdues the urge of coughing by reducing the nerve signals sent from the part of the brain known as the coughing centre to the muscles that produce coughing.

Gees Linctus by Care

Care Gee's Linctus BP provides effective relief from continuous dry coughing. It is made with the active ingredients opium tincture and squill oxymel, which acts as a painkiller and suppressant for the cough reflexes in your central nervous system.

Care Ipecacuanha & Morphine Mixture

This medication is a mixture of ipecacuanha & morphine and provides relief from the symptoms associated with coughs and colds.

There are plenty more flu and cold remedies available in either tablet or syrup form that will help alleviate the symptoms of both the flu and common cold.  Normally, symptoms will last for around a week, with weakness and tiredness sometimes lasting for up to two weeks after. If your symptoms last longer than this, consult your local GP, or alternatively, out in-house doctors will be happy to provide advice.

Before you take any medication, read and understand the labelled directions and never exceed the recommended dosage.

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