Normally every person catches a cold on an average of two to four times a year. A cold is a transmissible viral disease that infects the mucous membrane of the nose.
Symptoms of cold include sore throat, pain on swallowing, sneezing, runny and blocked nose, a dull, aching feeling in the ears, headache, coughing and sometimes even fever.
Since a cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used. Doctors recommend you drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, water being the best option.
- Sleep with your head on a high pillow.
- Avoid smoking – it irritates the mucous membrane of the nose.
- Steam inhalations provide great relief. Sit with your head over a bowl of hot
- Nasal decongestants available at the local chemist may also ease breathing.