Homeopathic Remedies for Winter Illnesses
It’s this time of the year again when the winter chill has set in and this can be a beginning of a slippery slide to the cold, sore throat, and sinusitis that tends to accompany the season. For some, the sensitivity to cold weather is so high that even a whiff of cold air is enough to trigger an attack, which could last for weeks or months.
If you’re one of those who dread winters, here’s your quick guide to the season’s most common illnesses:
Recurrent Cold: The common cold usually starts with a sore throat, along with some mild achiness and maybe a low fever. Gradually, you may begin to have a dry or mild cough with congestion. You may also have a runny nose and some sneezing. If you have a cold, you generally feel more tired but are able to get through your day. Your symptoms may last anywhere from seven to 14 days, depending on the virus and your overall health.
Sinus infection: Sometimes colds can progress to sinusitis or a sinus infection. Doctors usually diagnose a sinus infection after 10 to 14 days of symptoms, including worsening sinus pain or pressure in the forehead, cheeks and/or between the eyes, and a thick yellow/green nasal discharge throughout the day. You may also develop a fever.
Strep throat: Strep throat is most common in children and young adults. It starts with a severe sore throat, fever, achiness, swollen neck lymph nodes and white patches on the back of the tonsils. You look and feel more unwell than when you have a common cold. There is no associated congestion, sneezing, runny nose or cough.
Flu: The flu occurs very suddenly. One minute you’re feeling fine, and the next you feel as if a truck hit you. It is more severe than the common cold. Symptoms may include achiness, fever, dry cough and headache. Because the flu is viral, antibiotics are not helpful.
Homeopathy is an effective way to treat them
A few doses of a suitable homeopathic medicine may be all you need to terminate a cold brought on by exposure to dry, chilly winds, or at the beginning of a cold.
Homeopathy does not suppress or quash a cold. It believes in enhancing our immunity and immune response to common cold viruses, infections, and bacteria. Homeopathy is not only therapeutic; it also works as a useful preventative medicine, especially in frequent cold infections. It keeps them at bay and/or reduces their intensity, should they occur. Hence, the next time you feel you’re going to catch a cold, or have a runny nose, don’t allow it to play sniffles with you. Beat or crush your ‘nosey blues’ with homeopathy, promptly.
- Avoid close contact with people having cold
- Wash hands frequently, with soap and water
- Avoid exposure to sudden changes in temperature, especially after over-exertion (e.g. gym, exercise)
- Promote adequate bed rest, to reduce the risk of complications
- Consume adequate fluids and nutritious food
- Include foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc in your daily diet
- Follow-up with your homeopathic doctor, on a regular basis.