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Symptoms of a common cold

The common cold is actually a viral infection that affects the throat and the nose. It may occur several times a year and it usually lasts for only a couple of days. The condition can be easily characterized by certain symptoms such as cough, watery eyes, high fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, and sneezing.

Remedies for common cold

One of the most common remedies for the common cold is zinc lozenges. It is very efficient in reducing the duration and severity of the symptoms usually associated with the common cold. Its side effects may include copper deficiency, nausea and a permanent unpleasant taste in the mouth. Another potent remedy that can be used for the prevention and treatment of the common cold is astragalus.

Its root comes from the traditional Chinese medicine and it is very efficient in preventing flu or colds and strengthening the immune system. It is also known for its extraordinary antiviral properties. Astragalus can be purchased in the form of tea, capsule, extract or simply as a dried root, although this last option may be a little difficult to find.

It may interfere with certain other medications and it sometimes may cause a decrease in blood pressure and blood glucose. Garlic is also one of the most commonly used home remedies for the treatment of the common cold. It has very potent antifungal and antibacterial properties and it can be consumed in its raw form or in the form of pills. Some may dislike it because it causes body odor and bad breath. Other side effects may include runny nose, headache, dizziness, fever, sweating, indigestion, mouth irritation, increased insulin release and decreased levels of blood glucose.

Vitamin C is one of the most popular remedies used for the treatment and prevention of the common cold. It is very efficient in reducing the severity of most symptoms of the common cold. Another popular home remedy in numerous cultures around the globe is honey. It is very efficient in reducing cough and it has very potent antioxidant properties.

Echinacea is another potent remedy. Ginseng has become another popular remedy lately. It is not recommended for those who take blood thinning medications and for those who suffer from any type of hormone related conditions. Those who suffer from diabetes and heart conditions should also avoid ginseng. Ginger is another potent remedy although it may cause indigestion or heartburn in some cases. Other remedies that can be used for the treatment and prevention include eucalyptus oil and elderberry.

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