Do I Need Prescription Drugs For Common Cold?

white pills spilling out of a prescription pill bottle

white pills spilling out of a prescription pill bottle

Don’t go out, you’ll catch a cold….

Come winter and mothers start alerting their kids about a common winter problem called Common Cold.

What is Common Cold?

Simply put, it is a medical condition of very mild nature but to understand it better, you need to go through the symptoms like stuffed nose, sore throat and mild fever.

How you treat Common Cold?

If you want, you can go to a doctor and get prescription drugs. Or you can buy an over-the-counter medicine from a nearby drugstore or you can let your body clear the congestion with home remedies.

Here’re popular home remedies for Common Cold

The treatment starts with coughing that clears the breathing passage of thick mucus. Subsequently, the body increases its temperature called “fever” to kill germs. Similarly, the body goes on treating the stuffed nose.

Endurance is the key to success in the battle with Common Cold. To increase your endurance power, you can do the following things.

  1. Moist your sore throat with gargle with warm water with a little pinch of salt in it.
  2. Treat the stuffed nose with the same water that you use for gargle or add a baking soda in the water. Pour salty water in left hand and suck it with left nasal opening. The water would open the left nasal opening. Squeeze it out. Similarly, open the right nasal opening.
  3. Stay warm and take rest so that the body can put its energy on suppressing the flu.
  4. Drinking hot liquids including herbal tea, vegetable soup and coffee would keep you dehydrated in addition to opening the congestion in throat and nose.
  5. Sleep with your head elevated to prevent the mucus from occupying the entire nasal passage. Use an extra pillow to keep your head elevated while sleeping.
  6. Eat infection-fighting food like chilies that can open sinuses. Similarly, you can take onion that can clear bronchitis and other infections. Eating and banana and rice would keep your stomach fit as you can develop diarrhea.

Should I see a doctor?

If your endurance power is low like in the case of toddlers, seniors or people suffering from chronic ailments like diabetes and hypertension, you can visit your doctor after waiting for two days. Common Cold doesn’t require medicine but people with low endurance power need medical support to fight problems like acute bronchitis that could make breathing difficult.