What to Do in Case of a Cold or Flu?

Coughing, a stuffy nose, head and throat pain, as well as a persistent feeling of fatigue are typical symptoms of a cold, which many people are familiar with from their own unpleasant experiences.

Managing Troublesome Symptoms: Coughing, Stuffy Nose, Head and Throat Pain, and Fatigue – We’re Here to Help.

What can you do when you’re affected by a cold virus? We provide helpful tips for a speedy recovery and explain the preventive measures you can take.

A cold is caused by viruses infecting the upper respiratory tract. On average, adults in Switzerland experience this condition two to five times a year. These pathogens are transmitted through droplets or contact: through sneezing, close contact with others, or via objects.

Do I Have a Cold or the Flu?

This question often arises because, even though a cold, also known as the common cold, presents symptoms similar to the flu, they are different illnesses caused by different viruses. The flu typically starts suddenly and with more severe symptoms compared to a cold. High fever is often characteristic of the flu, whereas with a cold, body temperature rarely rises above 38.5 degrees Celsius (101.3 degrees Fahrenheit).

What Helps with the Symptoms?

Since antibiotics are effective only against bacteria, not viruses, they do not help with colds and the flu. These illnesses cannot be immediately stopped, but there are effective methods for symptom relief:

  • Nasal sprays and decongestant tablets help clear the sinuses of mucus.
  • Vitamin supplements can boost the immune system.
  • Herbal and homeopathic remedies can provide supportive relief.

Taking Initiative with Colds: Tips for Your Well-Being

  • Make sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation.
  • Maintain a high fluid intake.
  • Herbal teas like linden blossom, mallow, or elderflower have calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Steam inhalation with hot water helps to loosen mucus: Fill a bowl with about one liter of boiling water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale and exhale the steam deeply for about 10 minutes.
  • Gargling with sage tea or saltwater can help with sore throat and swallowing difficulties.
  • Honey has a soothing effect on irritant coughs and has antibacterial properties. Let a spoonful of honey slowly dissolve on your tongue.
  • Seasoning your meals with chili can be soothing.
  • Placing a finely chopped onion in the room or next to the bed can help relieve a stuffy nose.

We Offer Comprehensive and Personalized Consultation

Consultation is crucial, as the symptoms of a cold or flu can vary significantly from person to person and depending on the specific virus involved. At our Medrosan Pharmacy, we offer personalized guidance to help you find the appropriate treatment based on your symptoms, medical history, and preferences.

Medrosan Pharmacy offers a wide range of active ingredients and preparations for the prevention and relief of cold symptoms. Visit us at our pharmacy near the Kunsthaus in Zurich for personalized advice.

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