trap your germs in a handkerchief!"
Jill (Life is not bubble-wrapped) our gracious hostess for December, wonders "When you have a cold, when you have the flu, what do you reach for, what do you do? What do you want? I want…"
- Chicken Soup - is a must have...it soothes and seems to work a treat.
- Zinc - to boost the immune system
- Vitamin C - traditional remedy
- Paracetamol or Aspirin as a last resort
- Inhalants - to help breathing
'Feed a cold, and starve a fever' is an old maxim. When full of cold I like to retire under the duvet with tissues and inhalant close at hand...and sleep...zzzzzz
Now some thoughts from my Open University studies...
Colds are caused by a plethora (over 100) rhinoviruses, so a 'cure' is unlikely, but symptoms can be alleviated.
Viruses live, replicate and change genetically inside the cells of an organism.
They "lose their virulence quickly if they dry out, and so must be transferred in droplets of water, which is why sneezes are particularly effective. The runny nose and sneezing produced by a cold are not caused by the virus particles themselves, but by an inflammatory response of the immune system to the infection." Open University, Milton Keynes, S171 'Empire of the microbes' Cockwell, C. and Brown, A.