How to get rid of a cold at home?
What is a runny nose
In medicine, this problem is called rhinitis. It is a disease characterized by the process of inflammation of the nasal mucosa, which leads to its congestion.
This pathology can be triggered by viruses, bacteria, allergies, poor ecology, dust, hypothermia, etc.
Usually, a runny nose is a symptom of a cold and goes along with the initial disease. But not always.
In medicine, they use a broad classification of rhinitis. So, depending on the nature of the appearance, nasal congestion can be infectious and non-infectious.
The first group is divided into such forms:
Symptomatology pronounced, develops quickly and extremely aggressively.
This form is trying to cure at home. It is a long runny nose, accompanied by blurred symptoms. Usually a person can breathe through his nose, but there is not enough air.
This is a dangerous pathology that you should not try to treat with folk remedies. The mucous membrane is heavily thinned and damaged. It shows areas with erosion that accompany nasal congestion. You understand that you will not be able to quickly get rid of such a cold. Also it is necessary to carefully apply folk remedies. After all, at home it is easy to bring the infection, which will lead to the development of complications, including meningitis, sepsis and death. A characteristic feature of such a runny nose are bloody and putrid crusts in the nose, which are easily removed.
This is a type of atrophic rhinitis. This pathology is characterized by stench and discharge of pus from the nose. These processes are accompanied by congestion, weakness, migraines, increased fatigue syndrome, etc.
The non-infectious group is also referred to as vasomotor.
It is divided into such forms:
There are no visible prerequisites for the development of rhinitis. However, the mucous membrane thickens, leading to nasal congestion. However, mucous discharge is often absent.
The mucosa is irritated by the allergen.This leads to severe nasal congestion and abundant mucus secretion. With such a cold, the vasoconstrictor helps for a short period.
Usually, the treatment of nasal congestion is carried out in conjunction with the causes of pathology.Most use standard drugs for this: vasoconstrictor, washing and therapeutic drops, sprays.
But for some, this is not enough, so they use home-made medicines.
Popular homemade recipes from the cold for kids
When rhinitis affects the smallest, it invariably causes concern to parents. What to do? First of all, consult a doctor, especially if the symptoms of rhinitis have not been quenched for several days.
Then, you should purchase medications recommended by the doctor. It is also appropriate treatment of rhinitis in children folk remedies.
Among the proven recipes that can be used at home are the following:
Warming up the nose with salt.
Ordinary kitchen salt, better sea salt, should be poured into a frying pan and heated on the stove. Pour it in a kerchief and wrap in the form of a pouch. Now let the salt cool, it should be very warm, but not scalding. Now attach the bag to the nose of the baby. This tool quickly relieves congestion and helps reduce puffiness, inflammation.
Inhalation of potatoes.
Boil several potatoes in a saucepan, remove it from the heat and cover with a towel. Give the container a couple of minutes so that the steam is not so hot. Then, remove the towel, releasing excess heat, tilt the baby over the pan and let it breathe over the potatoes. Steam contributes to the removal of edema. This is a simple and safe tool that is often used at home.
Delicious black currant medicine.
To remove the symptoms of the baby should drink it with a compote of these berries. If there are no fresh berries, you can use jam. The main thing is that the compote should not be cold or too hot. Such a remedy is safe and easy to prepare at home.
Inhalation with fir oil.
Prepare 3-5 liters of boiling water.Then pour the heated water in a bowl, dropping there 5 drops of fir oil. It can be purchased at any pharmacy. Tilt the baby over the bowl, cover with a towel and make them breathe for a few minutes. Fir oil quickly relieves congestion, giving relief.
In order to quickly relieve nasal congestion at home, it is worth lubricating the dermis under the nostrils with eucalyptus balm. Please note that buying this tool is only in pharmacies, as store counterparts often contain unwanted add-ons.
Milk with honey and onions.
This is quite a tasteless medicine, which is strictly prohibited to use if the child has allergies. However, if your baby does not suffer from such problems, it is worth giving him a glass of fresh milk for the night, with the addition of 1 teaspoon of honey and a small amount of ground onion (no more than of a small onion). Such a tool can quickly overcome a cold and get rid of a cold.
The best treatment for rhinitis is to follow the doctor’s recommendations.
Usually the process of eliminating nasal sinus congestion involves taking oral medications of general effect, washing,the use of therapeutic drops and situational use of vasoconstrictor drugs (only for the night and not more than 5 days).
You can also use one of the safe folk recipes. Only complex therapy can quickly get rid of rhinitis.
Features home treatment of rhinitis in adults
In the older generation, the mucous membrane of the nose is not as tender as in babies. Therefore, in addition to children's recipes, it is permissible to use more aggressive means.
Among the proven home remedies that help to quickly overcome the disease, it is worth highlighting:
Drops from aloe juice.
This tool is a real panacea for those who have perennial aloe growing at home. This plant is impressive healing capabilities. To prepare drops, it is enough to squeeze out the juice from a freshly cut leaf. Bury 3–5 droplets in each nostril. This should be done three times a day. This dosage is suitable for adults. If you want to apply such a tool on a child, it is worth reducing the number of drops in half.
This tool should be used with caution. At the bottom of the glass squeeze a pair of garlic cloves and rub 1 small onion.Then, lean over the tank and breathe in pairs. If there is a burning sensation, stop the procedure immediately, and you should not get your face too close to the glass. This tool is suitable only for adults! In no case do not use it in the treatment of children.
Steam your feet in water with mustard powder.
This is a fairly popular medicine that is easy to prepare at home. Just buy in a pharmacy a package of mustard powder and dissolve 1 dose in the proportions indicated in the instructions. Now it's time to hover legs. Keep them in water until the liquid cools or until a burning sensation appears that is difficult to tolerate.
A decoction of birch buds.
Boil 20 g of birch buds in 200 ml of boiling water. Boil the broth for 3 minutes, strain and cool. For adults, it is recommended to take 100 ml of the drug three times a day.
A decoction of thyme blossoms.
This plant has long been famous for its antiseptic effect. To prepare the decoction, it is worth buying its inflorescences at the pharmacy. Boil the grass at the rate of: 1 tablespoon of thyme per cup of boiling water. For adults, the recommended dose: 0.5 cups three times a day.
Remember that these funds can only be used after consulting a doctor. After all, self-medication can cause irreparable harm to your health.
What not to do
Despite the fact that folk remedies for rhinitis contain only natural ingredients, there are a number of restrictions on their use.
Among the taboos are the following prohibitions:
- In no case should you put onions or garlic in your nostrils, even if they are ground, even fleece dipped in their juice. This can result in burns to the mucous membranes, loss of smell and a lot of discomfort.
- Also, do not use kerosene and other combustible substances at home. If you do not eliminate them completely from the mucous, you can get injuries strong.
- Do not bury your nose with anything. There should be no oils, honey, solutions and petroleum jelly in your nostrils.
If, after treatment at home, you notice a rash, fever or swelling, then you should immediately consult a doctor.
As you can see, treating a runny nose with folk remedies or not is a controversial issue. However, the answer is quite simple!
It is worth choosing medications deliberately, preferring extremely safe manipulations. So you can facilitate the course of rhinitis and improve your well-being.