The causes of common cold are very similar to the cause of the flu - the spreading of germs from person to person in most cases.
We come in contact with numerous viruses and germs around us each day. These viruses are contagious and can be passed on from one person unto another.
Some of the viruses that cause the common cold are the rhinovirus and the coronavirus.
An influenza virus is more likely to cause the flu. It all depends on what type of virus you've acquired and how strong your immune system is as to how susceptible you are an how severe your symptoms will be.
Because colds are viral in nature, they are easily passed by coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose, and not washing your hands often enough. Just because your hands don't look or feel dirty, does not mean that little "germies" are not crawling all over them. :)
If someone has a cold, they are usually contagious for the first few days. By the end of a week or so, you generally are no longer contagious.
The most common cold symptoms are:
It's important to know that antibiotics are useless against the common cold. Unfortunately, some doctors will still prescribe antibiotics, but you really are doing yourself more harm than good.
Antibiotics will only succeed in weakening your immune system further by targeting the good bacteria in your body that are needed to fight off your cold.
The best cold medicine, in my opinion, is rest, good nutrition, and vitamin and herb supplements. Let's look at each of these and consider why I call them the "best cold medicine" options.
The body does a lot of its healing during periods of rest. If you are able to take a short break and get someone else to take care of your responsibilities for a day or two so that you can concentrate on really resting your body.
Ideally, our body should get much of the vitamin and minerals it needs to stay strong from the food we eat. By following a healthy diet and avoiding junk food you are giving your body a better chance at a quick recovery.
To get some added vitamins for strength and to supplement your nutritional levels, consider adding Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and even some essential fatty acids to your daily regimen.
I like to use whole food powders to boost my nutrition intake because they provide vitamins in their natural state and are easier for the body to absorb. My favorites are the Garden Trio. For the EFA's I use AIMega.
Herbs are great for dealing with parasites and viruses of all kinds. There are some great herbs that have anti-parasitic properties and can help cleanse the bacteria and virus out of your system safely and naturally.
Echinacea is quite popular when dealing with colds. I used it for years until I came across the Herbal Fiberblend a few years ago. Not HFB is my staple herbal cleanser for colds, flu, sinus infections, etc.
Whether you are trying to deal with the causes of the common cold and its symptoms or just want to prevent the cold or flu altogether, these suggestions are my best cold medicine tips.