Posts Tagged ‘Common cold’

Best ways to prevent and treat common cold

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

ffdd_01_240x240A new study has revealed that while zinc may be best for prevention, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and perhaps antihistamine-decongestant combinations are the recommended treatments.

The study by Drs. Michael Allan, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, and Bruce Arroll, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand, aimed at physicians and patients, looked at available evidence for both traditional and nontraditional approaches for preventing and alleviating colds.

A review of 67 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicated that handwashing, a traditional public health approach, as well as
alcohol disinfectants and gloves, is likely effective.


Popping pills for flu fever might make things worse

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

174626926_240x240_27jan13A new study has revealed that popping a pill to suppress your flu fever could make flu season worse for everybody, as an analysis has shown that they taken at current levels to treat fevers could cause 2000 flu deaths each year in the US alone.

Experts in the UK and the US have advised to take painkillers such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin, New Scientist reported.

According to David Earn at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, some studies have shown that lowering fever may prolong viral infections and increase the amount of virus we can pass on to others.

The researchers analyzed 1982 study and found that ferrets, a common animal model for human flu, produced more seasonal flu virus if their fevers were lowered either with painkillers or by having their fur shaved off.


Vitamin C halves incidence of common cold

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Vitamin C is beneficial against common cold particularly for people under heavy physical stress.

In five randomized trials of participants with heavy short-term physical stress, vitamin C halved the incidence of the common cold.

Three of the trials studied marathon runners, one studied Swiss school children in a skiing camp and one studied Canadian soldiers during a winter exercise.

Furthermore, in a recent randomized trial carried out with adolescent competitive swimmers, vitamin C halved the duration of colds in males, although the vitamin had no effect on females.

Regular doses of vitamin C of one gram per day or higher have reduced the average duration of colds in adults by 8 percent and in children by 18 percent.

Although these findings unambiguously show that vitamin C has a biological effect on colds, taking vitamin C every day to shorten infrequent colds does not seem reasonable. On average, adults have only a few common cold episodes per year and children have some half a dozen colds per year.


Cough, cold are not always due to reduced resistance: Dr. Santosh Kondekar

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Dr. Santosh Kondekar is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Topiwala National Medical College, Department of Pediatrics and B. Y. L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai.

Dr. Santosh currently practises at his clinic, Dharap in Mumbai.

He is an expert in online counselling and in providing second opinion consultations regarding doubts about child health and treatment including immunisation and other acute and chronic diseases and disorders like common cold, asthma, cough, epilepsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, fever, slow milestones and T.B.

Dr. Santosh took time off from his busy schedule to answer Sify readers’ questions on child health. Read the chat transcript here.

what are the natural remedies for cold
cold per say means ice.. some people call noisy breathing as cold. some people call runny nose as cold. considering runny nose as cold; the treatment will differ on whether it is allergic or due to infection. Allergic cold is often with sneezing and night symptoms and without fever and may need nasal sprays to have good control. infection colds like flu may require a group of medicines and rest. Most important point is never blow cold in… blow it out..


Health tip of the day

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Boil a few tulsi leaves, dry ginger, cinnamon and black pepper in a glass of water till it reduces to half a glass and drink to cure a chronic cold.

Beating winter blues naturally

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Winter is still holding sway and it`ll help to take precautions against common infections like cough, common cold and flu like symptoms. The immune system is the most powerful weapon the body wields to fight infections.

Immunity confers on us the strength to withstand the onslaught of diseases and everyone needs it.

Children need it so that they are protected from infections and don`t fall ill and in turn can study well, attend school regularly and go out to play without any worries.

Men need it so that they can also protect themselves from infections and don`t fall ill and can do their jobs without difficulty.

And women need strong immune systems to remain disease free so that they can take care of their family.

However, it is not uncommon to suffer from infections such as common cold, flu and ear infection and get symptoms like a runny nose, itchy throat, earache and even sinusitis during winter.


Why you shouldn`t kiss on Valentine`s Day

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

An expert has warned lovers to be cautious while kissing on Valentine`s Day, as this is `usually the peak season for infectious disease`.

Changing weather or temperatures are often blamed for winter`s coughs and sniffles. But in reality, colds, coughs and the flu are infectious diseases `caught` through transmission from one human to another.

`Mid-February is usually the peak season for infectious diseases, such as the seasonal and H1N1 flu, mononucleosis, colds and coughs,` Newswise quoted Jorge Parada, medical director, infectious disease at Loyola University Health System as saying.

`And don`t rely on obvious signs of illness – such as sneezing or fever as a tip off. People with infectious diseases start shedding the virus before they experience the full effect of the illness.


Ayurveda remedies for winter illnesses

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

With the onset of winter, you are prone to a number of infections. Allergies and viral infections make the rounds, and cold, cough, flu and sinusitis are rampant.

A number of these afflictions can be treated naturally using herbs and spices.

Starting this week, we publish a series of articles by our Ayurveda expert, Dr Gowthaman, who discusses the diseases in detail and suggests ayurvedic remedies to manage them.

As part of this activity, we have arranged for a weekly FREE consultation with Dr. Gowthaman.

Readers from CHENNAI who would like to get an opinion for sinusitis and related issues can write in to providing the following details:


Health recipe of the day: Cauliflower Pepper Korma

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Got a bad cold? Try this peppery, nutritious kurma as a side dish for your roti or steamed rice.

Click here to view recipe

Health tip of the day

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Make regular hand washing a part of your health routine to prevent infections.

Read more on how clean hands can save lives.

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