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Do not take strong medication for too long if you have a cold
Those who have to work despite having a cold often have problems concentrating. According to the motto "The main thing is to get fit and perform quickly", one or the other thoughtless medication is thrown in. Christian Belgardt from the Berlin Chamber of Pharmacists points out to the “dpa” news agency that agents such as iboprofen or paracetamol help in the short term. However, it is questionable whether people suffering from colds are doing themselves a favor.
Do not take medication for a cold for more than three days. If the cold is severe, the patient should be in bed. But sometimes that's easier said than done, because there are countless tasks waiting in the office. Those who have to go to work despite coughing and runny nose can artificially get fit with medication. "You shouldn't think that you will get well from it," Belgardt warns. However, acetaminophen or ibuprofen could help people through the day. However, these remedies only suppressed symptoms such as fever or headache and body aches and should not be taken for more than three days the pharmacist told the news agency.
A cold is usually caused by viruses, against which medication cannot do anything. The patients usually have no choice but to take care of themselves and cure the cold. In order to support the immune system, Belgardt advises to drink a lot and to eat healthy, vitamin-rich food. Inhaling also clears the airways.
Home remedies and naturopathy for cold symptoms There are also numerous home remedies for naturopathy for cold symptoms. So it is recommended to drink iodine water when a runny nose begins. Taking the Schüßler salt no. 14, potassium iodatum D6, is also said to alleviate the symptoms. Preventive nasal irrigation can be used.
For coughs, it can help to hang damp cloths in the room to humidify the air you breathe. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) also has a calming effect on the inflamed mucous membranes. The application can be promising, especially if the cough is dry at the beginning of a flu infection. For this, 1 tablespoon of finely chopped marshmallow root is mixed with 150 ml of cold water. After an hour, the liquid is strained and warmed slightly. (ag)