The rainy season is here and then you wake up one day feeling a little stuffy. You ignore it and you notice that the symptoms are getting worse as your day progresses, and then you realize that you have a case of cough and colds. Read on to learn more on how to effectively manage cough symptoms within the comforts of your own home.
What happens when you have a cough and colds?
Symptoms usually develop over time and can start off with colds followed by coughing or a combination of both. Cough and cold indications can be experienced a day or two after being exposed to the cold-causing virus—one full cycle of cough/colds usually last up to ten days.
The manifestations of colds and cough may vary per person and can sometimes hinder you from performing your daily tasks. Look out for some of the common signs like:
- Stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- A sore throat
- Frequent sneezing
- Mild body pain
Managing cough & cold symptoms
It’s best to stay at home when you have a cough and colds to avoid putting others at risk of getting infected. Symptoms usually peak around day four and eventually go away after a week or so. Follow these simple tips so you can accelerate your healing process:
- Have your trusted OTC cold and cough medications on hand. Make sure you take your medications as prescribed on its product information leaflet or as prescribed by your doctor.
- Gargle with warm saline water to soothe itchy/sore throat.
- Use your sick days to get some needed rest. Stress produces the stress hormone called cortisol which can suppress your immune system which can prolong your recovery period. That’s why sleep is still one of the best ways to give your body time to heal.
- Stop smoking. Smokers are said to have more severe cold symptoms compared to non-smokers.
- Skip out on your usual gym session to avoid the extra stress.
- Cover your mouth and disinfect your things to avoid contaminating your family.
- Drink extra fluids to help loosen mucus buildup. Opt for warm, plain water and avoid drinking flavored beverages.
- Use a humidifier to help soothe dry sinuses. Just make sure that the filter is thoroughly cleaned every day to avoid the accumulation of molds and bacteria.
- Nourish yourself with nutrient-rich soups. Hearty meals like chicken soup is easy to swallow and digest so it’s the perfect dish for those who are feeling under the weather.
- Enjoy an extra-long hot bath. Inhaling steam may also help unclog nasal passages and can also help you relax more.
Cough and colds vs the flu
Some symptoms of the cough and colds may be mistaken for the flu but the main difference is that they are caused by different viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of the flu and people suffering from colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
What is Tuseran?
Tuseran Forte and Tuseran Night help relieve the symptoms cough and colds like clogged nose, sore throat, and postnasal drip. For Tuseran Forte, take one capsule every six hours or as recommended by your doctor. For Tuseran Night, take two teaspoons every six hours for children and adults aged 12 and above or as recommended by your doctor. Tuseran is available at all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide.
General disclaimer: The medications listed above can be purchased without a prescription but you should always consult your doctor before taking any form of medication, including vitamins. Stop taking any kind of medicine should an allergic/adverse reaction happen. Always update your healthcare professional on all the medications that you are currently taking/taken in the past so he/she can properly prescribe the right kind of medicine for you. Never use any form of medication other than the one for which it was prescribed.