Simple Home Remedies For Fever That Are Cost-Effective and Readily Available

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Fevers are mostly engendered by infections, and could be seen as the prompt warning system of the body i.e. having a fever is a means for the body to combat an infection. Although harmless, fevers can beget substantial and undesirable discomfort to both adults and children. According to Marvel Ima, MD, “when the body experiences a fever, it doesn’t fail to regulate temperature, rather it does so at an elevated set point.”

What is Fever?

Fever also referred to pyrexia or hyperthermia could be defined as the temporary deviation of a person’s body temperature from the normal range towards a new and elevated setpoint, often because of illness. You would most likely experience a fever when your body is combating flu or excess toxins.

What Are the Symptoms that Accompany a Fever?

Generally, the normal body temperature is pegged at 98.6oF but could be different for varying body types. It is expected that temperature spikes could occur due to your eating pattern, feeling of excitement, excessive body insulation (clothing) and vigorous workouts. However, if your body temperature rises above 100oF, that could be an indication of an intense infection.

Some of the symptoms associated with a Fever include:

  • Elevated body temperature,
  • Skin Rash
  • Persistent Vomiting
  • Chest Pain and Breathing Difficulty
  • Severe Headache
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle Aches
  • Irritation
  • Mental Confusion
  • Bright Light Sensitivity
  • Dehydration
  • Slight shivering
  • General Body Weakness and Aches

Infants and children between the age range of 0.5-5 years might exhibit repeated febrile seizure or convulsion.

Home Remedies for Fever

A lot of times, fever requires medical intervention to subside, though simple home remedies could actually go a long way. Here are some effective and safe home remedies for fever. Note that if the highlighted symptoms persist after engaging these home remedies, you may have to visit a doctor.

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  1. Take lots of Fluids to Stay Hydrated

A fever is characterised by elevated temperatures which can result in dehydration. To compensate for the lost fluids, the body needs to be hydrated. Take lots of water, watered-down natural juice and electrolyte replacement drinks to rehydrate your body.

  • Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

ACV is known to effectively tackle fever because of its moderately acidic nature which draws out heat and leaves a cooling effect. The mineral and vitamin content of the ACV replenishes your body system with nutrients which kicks out toxins. To use Apple Cider Vinegar as a home remedy for fever, add one tbsp of honey and two teaspoons of ACV to one glass of water. Drink the mix 2-3 times daily to lower your temperature and achieve the best results.

  • Turn to Basil Leaves

This is an effectual herb for breaking a fever, and it’s been reported to be just as effective as major antibiotics out there. To get the best results, boil about 20 leaves of basil together with one teaspoon of pulverized ginger until the solution reduces to about half. Add some honey to the boiled mix and drink it 2-3 times daily for 3 days to relief your fever.

  • Get Enough Rest

Combating an infection in itself demands energy, and if you fail to get enough rest, you might just be on the edge. Rest is the body’s natural way of achieving a reset. Resting will ensure that your muscles are relaxed and your body equipped to fight off fever.

  • Try Some Garlic Juice

Naturally, Garlic is warm and promotes sweating, thereby breaking a fever. To use this home remedy, boil a cup of water and add one clove of pulverized garlic to it. Let the mixture settle for about 10 minutes, then strain out the juice. Take this garlic juice twice per day to lower your fever.

  • Grapes Are Good for Fever

Naturally, grapes are cooling and are packed with antioxidants to help boost your immune system and protect you against cold, flu, cough, and most especially, fever. To get rid of your fever, add half teaspoon of cumin, fennel and sandalwood powder to one cup of grape juice, and drink the mix.

  • Cut Down on Heavy Clothing

When you have a fever, your temperature is above the normal range, and dressing in heavy cloths will make matters worse. Ensure that you stay cool, wear only light clothing and sleep with light sheets and blankets.

  • Chicken Soup or Bone Broth

When experiencing a fever, downing a bowl of hot chicken soup or bone broth wouldn’t be a bad idea. First, it hydrates you i.e. increases your overall intake of fluids, while also flushing out toxins and regulating your overall body temperature.

  • Consume Greek Yoghurt

Generally, doctors recommend that patients experiencing a fever should consume at least a cup of Greek yoghurt. This drink does not only increase your fluid intake, but it also supplies your body system with infection-fighting bacteria and ward-off invading microbes. Also, Greek yoghurt is loaded with protein that hastens the natural healing process of the body.

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Other Helpful Hints

Try Bathing with Epsom Salt

Epsom salt hydrates the body and supplies it with magnesium while drawing out accumulated toxins. For an efficient Epsom salt bath, get warm water and add two cups of Epsom salt. Leave the water-salt mix for about 20-30 minutes if you’re an adult, and 10-15 minutes for kids.

Fight off Fever With Essential Oils

Essential oils like lavender oil, eucalyptus, cinnamon oil, coconut oil, ginger oil, rosemary, peppermint oil, sage oil and so on, are capable of inducing sweat by warming up the circulatory system, thereafter, providing soothing relief from fever.

To use essential oils, get some lavender oil and put a few drops into water (cool not hot). Soak a piece of fabric in the mix, and after some minutes, take out the fabric and place it on your forehead to achieve a relaxing and cooling effect. Alternatively, mix some drops of coconut oil with peppermint oil, and rub it at the rear of your neck and beneath your feet.

Last Lines

Fever is common in tropical regions and people have learned to live with it through the years with the use of natural remedies to quell the symptoms. You can live healthier with these remedies above.

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Home Remedies For Dry Cough

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Generally, a cough is a reflex action that clears your airway of irritants and mucus. The cough can either be Productive (produces phlegm or mucus) or unproductive, also known as dry cough.

A dry cough, when exhibited, produces no mucus and is usually the result of upper respiratory infections, like flu and cold. A dry cough is, sometimes tough to manage, and may linger for weeks, even after its cause has passed.

A dry cough is usually associated with different forms of diseases; like Asthma, viral infection, Heart Failure, thereby determining the symptoms of the cough.

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In the context of a dry cough, common symptoms include chest pain, heartburn, no sputum, and, wheezing sounds. Other symptoms include but not limited to fever, chest tightness, throat pain, difficulty in swallowing, malaise, associated catarrh, difficulty in breathing and so on.


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There are several home remedies or what can also be called natural or traditional remedies for dry cough. Some of them are renowned, while others are not. The following are some home remedies for dry cough

  • Honey Tea: Honey, by nature, alleviates cough, cold and sore throat symptoms. To use honey tea as a home remedy for dry cough, use two teaspoons, with a mixture of warm water or herbal tea, at least once a day. It is plausible for all age categories except children below 13 months, to avoid infant botulism.
  • Ginger: Ginger contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements which make it is an effective home remedy for dry cough. To use ginger, one must add fresh slices of ginger into a cup of hot water. Leave the ginger for a few minutes to soak in hot water before drinking. You can also add lemon juice to improve the taste.
  • Turmeric; Turmeric contains Curcumin, a compound which has mild anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It’s renowned for its effectiveness in the treatment of respiratory diseases and arthritis. To use this, add a teaspoon of turmeric, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper into warm water, or beverage of any kind, including an orange juice.
  • Peppermint: Menthol is a very vital ingredient in peppermints that helps to numb nerve endings in the throat that are irritated by coughing, thereby, resulting in pain relief and a reduction in the urge to cough. There are several ways to take peppermint. These include drinking peppermint tea or sucking on peppermint lozenges (or sweets, as the case may be). Taking peppermint tea right before going to bed helps reduces or eradicates nighttime dry coughs.
  • Masala Chai Tea: Masala chai tea contains several antioxidants including cloves (also useful as an expectorant) and cardamom. Cinnamon is another constituent of Masala chai tea, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. To make a Masala Chai tea, you need 8-15 cardamom seeds, ¼ piece of fresh ginger root, 5 Cloves, 2 Star Anise, 1 Cinnamon Stick, 1 Black Tea Bag (cut the string to remove) or use fresh loose black tea and Milk (if you like).
  • Marshmallow Root: This is a renowned herb that has a long history of use as a panacea for coughs and sore throats. Marshmallow root is available either as a dried herb or a bagged tea. To use, add hot water to either and then drink. The longer the marshmallow root soaks in water, the more mucilage will be in the drink. It is advisable to take extra fluid when you encounter the side effects of using this remedy.
  • Slippery Elm Bark: This a cough remedy that is synonymous to the Native Americans for treating cough, and digestive issues. It contains a high level of mucilage, similar to marshmallow root. To make a slippery elm (bark) tea, add one teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of hot water. Allow it to saturate for about 10 minutes before drinking.
  • Thyme: Thyme is renowned for its culinary use, but its use is not limited to that, as it can also be medicinal for cough, sore throat, bronchitis, and digestive issues. It has existed in its medicinal capacity since the European Black Plague.

It contains thymol, an antispasmodic compound, that relaxes throat muscles. To make a thyme tea, add 2-4 teaspoons of dried thyme to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to saturate for 10 minutes before straining and drinking.

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  • Palm Oil and sugar: This is a renowned home remedy for dry cough that has thrived among generations in Nigeria and Africa at large. You can administer it to babies (not less than a year) and adult. However, some parents may decide to use the top or transparent part of the oil. Give one or two teaspoons to children, but adults may take more. Combination of both acts as an expectorant, with palm oil having vitamin C and A, that helps repair the damaged lining of the airway.

Also, lime is useful as an additive to the palm oil and sugar mixture. In this context, get five to seven balls of lime, wash and cut the lime, then squeeze into a clean container with a lid. 

Add one to two cooking spoon of palm oil and 2-3 cubes of sugar to your taste. Then leave for about an hour, this mixture will thicken, and you can afterwards administer this home remedy for use, thrice a day until the dry cough symptoms disappear. It is considered virile.

  • Bitter Kola and Honey: Bitter kola, also known as Garcinia kola is renowned for its powerful antibacterial, antidote and detoxifying properties. It is useful in the treatment of various ailments and infections like cough, dysentery, bronchial infections and as an antidote for poisoning. To use this for dry cough, blend 8-10 bitter kola nuts and scoop the paste in a clean lidded container.

Get a bottle of quality honey and add a considerable amount to the paste about ratio 5:1 and stir afterwards for homogeneity.

Allow it to stay and ferment for at least one hour. It is then ready for use and can be taken either by children or adult, three times a day.

Other remedies include;

  • Steam bath with peppermint oil.
  • Chew raw expectorant herbs.
  • Gargle throat with warm water and salt.
  • Take food rich in probiotics.

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What Are The Natural Remedies For Dizziness?

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Dizziness, also known as vertigo, is that feeling of lightheadedness where the universe is spinning, and you are in the middle of it. Pardon my wacko description, but that’s about how it’s like when you’re dizzy.

Not to talk too much, I will share the best natural remedies to use when next you or your loved ones feel dizzy, before you seek medical advice.

Before we plunge deep in this article, please note that dizziness may not be a disease itself. Mostly, it’s a symptom of another underlying health condition. So, while we’ll share natural remedies with you, it’s perfectly okay to see a doctor.

Let’s get started already…

What is Dizziness?

Dizziness occurs when your brain transmits the wrong information to your senses that there is a movement.

If it happens once or rarely, it may be a minor issue. However, if it occurs repeatedly, you may have an underlying health condition. In any case, the first thing to do when you feel dizzy is to sit.

What Causes Dizziness?

The most common causes of dizziness include the following:

  • BPPV (Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo), which is caused by the buildup of deposits in your ear, making you feel off-balance
  • Stroke
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Neck injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Infection
  • Motion sickness
  • Migraine
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Poor blood circulation

Other causes of dizziness include the effects of neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, side effects of using antidepressants and tranquilizer, anxiety disorder, hypoglycemia, anemia, inhalation of toxic materials, and unusually high temperature.

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What Are the Symptoms of Dizziness?

The symptoms of dizziness can last anytime from a few minutes to every day, depending on your health status.

Sometimes, it is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, double vision, fast heartbeat, or headache, but the most common symptoms are as follows:

  •  Lightheadedness
  • A sense of spinning or movement that is false
  • unsteadiness
  • Wooziness

These symptoms are worsened when you stand, walk, or tip your head upside down. Notwithstanding, it is advisable to rest the moment you feel dizzy.

If you are experiencing severe, prolonged, recurring, or sudden dizziness accompanied by the following symptoms, you should immediately see a doctor. Underlying health conditions may cause it. These symptoms are:

  • Chest pain
  • sudden and severe headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty walking
  • Seizures
  • Numbness
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing

Natural Remedies for Dizziness

You can treat dizziness medically, but you can also use home-made cures that work for you perfectly. Below is a list of natural remedies that can relieve you of the symptoms you may be experiencing.

1. Epley Maneuver

The Epley Maneuver, also known as the Canalith, is an effective method for treating dizziness, and many people commonly use it. Research showed that the Epley Maneuver is a natural remedy that is highly effective for people with BPPV.

According to a report from the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, of every 100 people who implement the Epley Maneuver Procedure, 52 people are relieved from dizziness symptoms.

How It Works

  1. First, sit upright on the bed resting on a pillow, stretch your legs out straight, and turn your head 45 degrees to the left.
  2. Lay down quickly on the bed, rest your head on the pillow, and face upwards at an angle of 45 degrees.
  3. Stay in that position for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn your head and whole body to the right side and look downward for 30 minutes.
  5. Sit up slowly to your original position from the beginning and remain seated for a few minutes.

You can repeat these steps three consecutive times. With each movement you make, you may still feel dizzy, but you will soon be fine. Follow this procedure if the dizziness occurred from the left side, but if it is from the right side, follow the steps in the reverse direction.

This technique works better if someone is assisting you in taking the necessary steps correctly.

2. Brandt-Daroff Exercise

Brandt-Daroff exercise is straightforward and does not need supervision. Look for a safe space to perform the exercise. What’s more, make sure you won’t be driving the period you engage in this exercise, and that’s because it will make you dizzy for a while.

How It Works

  1. Sit on a flat surface and ensure your legs are dangling as if on a chair.
  2. Turn your head to the left side entirely, lay your head and torso down with the weight on your right side, ensure your legs are immobile and stay in that position for 30 seconds minimum.
  3. Sit up straight and turn your head to the center position.
  4. Repeat the exercise in the third step in a reverse manner

You can perform this exercise three times a day or twice a week.

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3. Ginger Tea

Why it works

According to research published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, ginger root is more effective for reducing dizziness than using techniques like the Epley Maneuver.

How to use

Add ginger root in a cup of boiling water and leave for five minutes before drinking. You can take this mixture twice a day for more effective results. Besides alleviating dizziness, it helps to stop nausea and other symptoms of dizziness. Ginger is considered a food spice in some parts of the world.

4. Hydration

Dehydration is one of the leading causes of dizziness. Taking a lot of water may help keep the body constantly hydrated, mostly if you stay in extremely hot regions.

It’s vital to note that sodium or carbonated drinks don’t keep the body hydrated. On the contrary, it causes more harm than good and a leading cause of severe health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and more.

5. Yoga and Tai Chi

Why It Works

The first time I ever got to know about Tai Chi was in Jet Li’s Twins Warrior, but I had no idea it could also influence health. Yoga and Tai Chi help to reduce stress and increasing strength, flexibility, and balance.

How It Works

Yoga and Tai Chi therapy train your brain to master stability. Practicing simple yoga poses such as child’s pose and corpse pose in your home can help whenever you feel dizzy. However, you should avoid poses that require you to bend forward not to worsen the situation. Also, ensure that you practice this exercise in a safe space.

On a Final Note

Other natural remedies like having enough sleep, consuming enough vitamin D, stress management, ginkgo Biloba, Semont-Toupet maneuver, almonds, lemon, ginger, lavender and peppermint essential oils, apple cider vinegar and honey, and acupressure can also help you control dizziness effectively. What is sure that anything that keeps you healthy will also help your antibodies to rise up to the occasion.

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Natural Remedies For Nausea That You Need To Know

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What Are the Natural Remedies for Nausea?

Nausea is an unpleasant experience everyone is quite familiar with. You can relieve yourself from nausea by applying natural remedies or using anti-nausea medications.

These two options are very effective, so you’re at liberty to choose the one that suits your body system.

What is Nausea?

Nausea is a feeling that you might vomit. Although you can treat it effectively using natural remedies, it is vital to check with your doctor to ensure that the natural treatment you choose is safe.

What are The Symptoms of Nausea?

Some of the various situations that cause nausea include pregnancy, cancer, travel, food poisoning, viral infection, excessive alcohol intake, pungent smell, chemotherapy, diseases, and medication.

Its symptoms are usually difficult to describe. It can be a sick feeling in the stomach or sharp pain around the abdomen, chest, or at the rear of the throat.

The symptoms sometimes associated with nausea include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Migraine
  • Injury
  • Decreased urination
  • Dizziness
  • Sweatiness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Gas
  • Vomiting

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Natural Remedies for Nausea

1. Take a Deep Breath

Taking deep breaths helps to balance your nervous system and reduces the effects of nausea.

Why It Works

Studies revealed that controlled breathing, using aromatherapy, considerably relieves nausea. Moreover, when you take a deep breath, your muscles will become relaxed, and your body will eliminate stress-induced nausea quickly.

How it Works

First, sit up in a conducive and well-ventilated room so you can enjoy fresh air, which helps alleviate the effects of nausea. After this, slow down on inhaling and exhaling.

How to Use

  • Sit up straight in a chair with your legs vertically onto the ground.
  • Ensure that you’re seated near a window or in an aired room.
  • Relax and clear your mind.
  • In a controlled manner, breathe in after counting three, hold your breath, and then breathe out after the count of three.

2. Use Ginger

Ginger is a popular natural remedy for various illnesses. It is also useful for providing relief from nausea. What’s more, it has no adverse effects on pregnant women and anybody in general.

Why It Works

Ginger contains a bioactive compound called gingerol. This compound affects the central nervous system, which reduces nausea and empties the stomach by speeding up digestion.

How it Works

How ginger provides relief from nausea is unknown, but it contains compounds that work similarly to particular anti-nausea medication, especially for pregnant women.

These compounds release blood pressure-regulating hormones to calm the nervous system and stop nausea. They ultimately help to speed up the response and multiplication of your antibodies.

How to Use

There are several ways to take ginger. You can add it as a spice in your food, blend it into a fruit juice, use it in tea, or eat it raw. Any method is suitable as long as you’re comfortable with it.

Taking a ginger dose every day may help if you always feel nauseous or sick in the morning.


Pregnant women should avoid ginger when they approach delivery, mainly because it can lead to excessive bleeding during labor.

3. Try Acupressure & Acupuncture

Acupuncture and acupressure are traditional Chinese methods for relieving nausea. They mostly help to restore balance to the body.

Why it Works

Acupressure and Acupuncture restore balance to the body with techniques and exercises proven to be realistic and actively beneficial.

How it Works

Acupuncture is a different technique from acupressure, but both give the same result. In acupuncture, experts put thin needles in precise locations on your body. Acupressure uses a similar principle. However, instead of using needles in the same points on the body, experts apply pressure.

How to Use

Acupressure and acupuncture pressure points include the pericardium, large intestine 4, liver 3, spleen 4, stomach 36, bladder 20, and kidney 21. You can reach some of these points yourself if you know how it works. However, in many cases, you may have to allow experts to do the work for you.

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4. Use Lemon Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a method that uses lemon to provide relief to nausea. Interestingly, you can use this method when you are indoors or outdoors. Add lemon essential oil in a vial or diffuser when you are out. Taking lemon fruit juice is perfect if you are indoors.

Why it Works

According to America’s NIH, the scent of lemon and other citrus fruits are potent for reducing the effects of nausea. The reason is lemon scents control the physical health, stimulate chemicals that soothe and relieves nausea, and is considered safe for pregnant women.

How it Works

Lemon aromatherapy involves inhaling lemon scents. That said, you only have to peel a lemon fruit or extract a lemon essential oil into a vial. Inhaling lemon scent or taking a dose of its extract works altogether.

How to Use

  1. Get a fresh lemon fruit.
  2. Peel it to expose it to air.
  3. You can scratch the lemon’s peel.
  4. You can also opt for lemon essential oil.

5. Take Lots of Spices

People may use different spices as home remedies for nausea, but the two I have listed below are scientifically proven to be effective.

Fennel Powder

Fennel powder is an herbal medicine that effectively relieves nausea and pain, especially during a menstruation cycle.

Cumin Extract

Cumin extract is another spice that helps to relieve abdominal pain, bloating, and fecal urgency.

How to Control Nausea

There are several ways to either prevent nausea or alleviate its symptoms altogether. They include the following:

  • Remove fatty or spicy foods from your diet.
  • Replace some high-calorie foods with protein.
  • Drinking while eating may cause nausea or aggravate the feeling, so avoid it.
  • Dehydration worsens the symptoms of nausea. It is vital to stay hydrated by taking vegetable broth or mineral water to make up for lost fluid if you’re vomiting.
  • Lying down immediately after eating causes nausea. Sit for at least an hour after eating before lying down.
  • Avoid concentrated odors because it causes nausea, mainly among pregnant women.

On A Final Note

You can prevent and reduce nausea effectively using the natural remedies listed above. However, you should see a doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms persistently.

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Natural Remedies For Common Cold That Are Easily Within Reach

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What Are the Natural Remedies for Common Cold?

When you catch a cold, it’s impossible to find a cure that stops all the disturbing symptoms at once. In many cases, some symptoms may last from one to two weeks. However, you can use natural remedies to reduce the effects on your body.

Since they are natural, you can rest assured that using these remedies won’t have any adverse effect on your health. On the contrary, they will help you get back on your feet in a couple of days.

What is Common Cold?

Viruses cause the common cold with symptoms mainly affecting the upper respiratory tracts – nose, throat, and so on.  Generally, the disease causes irregular breathing and irritates the nasal cavity.

Contrary to the popular opinion that the common cold is caused by exposing oneself to extreme cold temperatures for an extended period, flu viruses are the primary causes. However, it is prevalent during winter or spring periods, though people can catch it other times.

Is Common Cold Contagious?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people can contract common cold through the air, coming within a close range with  an infected person, poop, or other respiratory fluids from them. Also, touching surfaces or objects that infected people have had contact with can cause the disease.

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What Are the Symptoms of Common Cold?

The first symptoms for the common cold are a runny nose, an irritated nasal cavity, and a sore throat. For many, the symptoms usually show within two to three days after contracting the disease. However, it may vary for different people depending on their immunity levels and the flu virus causing the sickness.

In many cases, the symptoms lead up from the normal watery secretions from the nose to greenish or yellowish thickened discharges. When the infection becomes more pronounced, the following symptoms become prominent:

  • Sore and itchy throat
  • Sneezing as a result of irritation
  • Body ache
  • Fever and headache
  • Blocked nostrils resulting in difficulty breathing

The severity of common cold symptoms varies from person to person. Some may experience slight symptoms. However, people with weak immune systems, underlying health issues, and asthma may experience more severe complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or other respiratory sicknesses.

Natural Remedies for Common Cold

There is no cure for the common cold, but you can use natural supplements to tone down the complications and reduce the risk of spreading it to others. Below are recommendations to help you relieve the symptoms:

1. First Things First

If you catch a cold, try these simple tips first, and then you can go ahead to use the other natural remedies for relieving the symptoms.

  • Drink enough juice or water, mostly lemon water mixed with honey. However, avoid coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
  • Spend more time resting.
  • Gargling with about 1/4-1/2 teaspoons of water may also help to relieve the sore throat. For children younger than 6, use ice chips, sore throat sprays, or candy, but be careful.
  • Use saline nasal drops to reduce or stop stuffiness.
  • Use analgesics to relieve pain. However, ensure you speak to your pharmacist to know the more appropriate drug to use.

2. Try Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is an effective homemade natural remedy to combat the common cold. 

Why it works

Research shows that chicken soups serve to reduce the rate at which neutrophils move in the body. When these neutrophils are slowed down, they accrue at the upper respiratory tract area to protect the body from flu viruses that cause the common cold.

How it works

By boosting the immune system through releasing body-building substances (a specific type of white blood cells), eating a bowl of chicken soups helps combat the common cold effectively. It works to lower the common cold symptoms and restore your body to optimum performance.

How to Use

Prepare a bowl of chicken soup or warm an already prepared, canned chicken soup. You may choose to garnish it with fresh vegetables to improve the nutritional content.

3. Eat Vitamin C Rich Foods

An NIH-led study showed that the results obtained from experiments to prove vitamin C is useful for curing a cold are largely inconsistent. However, the same study showed that using vitamin C within 24 hours from the onset of the disease may reduce the symptoms and shorten the duration.

Also, the National Institute of Health recommends that people avoid taking vitamin C supplements unless they are old, vitamin C deficient, or involve in highly strenuous activities. According to the study, eating fruits and vegetables can supply the necessary quantity of vitamin C the body needs.

Why it works

Vitamin C helps to improve immunity by supplying the body with essential anti-oxidants. Generally, they help strengthen the white blood cells to fight against diseases, including viral infections, in the body.

How it works

When used in high doses and within 24 hours of noticing common cold symptoms, it relieves some of the complications and shortens the disease’s duration.

How to Use

You can obtain Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. Fruits such as oranges, grapes, and lemons supply about 50-80mg to the body. According to the NIH, males should take at least 90mg of vitamin C daily, while females should consume about 75mg.

4. Add Honey to Your Meals

Honey is a recommended homemade remedy for the common cold, mainly because it is nutritious, affordable, and easy to get.

Why it works

It contains antibacterial and antimicrobial nutrients that naturally fight off some disease-causing microbes.

How it works

Taking honey helps to reduce sore or painful throat. Consuming about 10g of honey in tea or other meals can help to reduce coughing significantly. It can also help to reduce irritation in the upper respiratory tract.

How to use

For children, a 10g teaspoon of honey will alleviate coughs. Also, adults can use honey to reduce sore or painful throat. Some people prefer to mix it in hot tea, water, or lemon. However, avoid using honey for a child less than a year old.  

On a Final Note

Other natural remedies like ginger, garlic, berries and menthol are equally useful to prevent the common cold. Also, inhaling steam may help stop blocked nostrils and difficulty in breathing. What is most important while using these natural remedies is to get adequate rest, exercise frequently, and always keep in touch with your doctor.

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With Coronavirus Still Lurking Around The Corner, Here Are Core Immunity Boosters In Your Garden To Enrich Your Diet And Stay Healthy

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Canned soda, instant noodles, fast food and lots more; the list is endless. These are all quick options; foods that do not take too much time, and more importantly, are not too expensive to put together. Particularly now that many people are working from home, it’s easier to make an order on a mobile app and have dinner ready in a few minutes.

It’s an interesting paradox of human character that we know these foods are potentially harmful to our health, particularly those containing processed sugar. At a time like this, when there is a potent threat, the Coronavirus, it becomes more pertinent to eat healthy to keep the immune system strong and the body safe from the virus.

The most frequent excuse when it comes to eating healthy is that organic foods can be expensive, and they take time to prepare. That is a weak argument as the trade-off with health is not worth it, but that’s a discussion for another post.

Today, we will be showing you a couple of immunity boosters that cost next to nothing and can be found right in your garden. They are far more nutritious and will keep your immune system on its guard in the event that it has to fight the Coronavirus.

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Here are some immunity boosters:

  1. Mushrooms: No, we’re not talking about any mood-altering effects here, sorry. Mushrooms are remarkable for two properties. First of all, they’re antioxidants which keeps the body free of toxins. Also, they reduce the risk of dealing with illnesses that COVID-19 can capitalize on to attack the immune system. Secondly, mushrooms aid the production of white blood cells which boost the body’s defence system.
  • Carrots: It turns out the rabbits might know what they’re doing! Carrots can be grown in your small garden patch, and they contain loads of Vitamin A and C. Just like antioxidants, carrots clean up any free radicals in your system. You might want to consider seed pots with more depth to accommodate carrots’ long roots.
  • Garlic, Onions, and Ginger: While renowned for making stews, soups, and other food taste great, these bulbs also have great medicinal value. They are known to destroy bacteria, and also double as antioxidants. If you don’t already have them growing in your garden, you can get started with just a little guidance.
  • Cabbage: You can purchase this at any grocery store, but the advantage of the home-grown variety is that you’re sure about the absence of any preservatives. Cabbage is also known to fight bacteria and even some viruses.
  • Fruits: You have no idea how lucky you are if your garden is big enough to contain fruits, especially those in the citrus family; Oranges, Lemons, and so on. They are some of the highest sources of vitamin c, which is integral to keeping the immune system in shape.

Building these recommendations above into your diet will improve the chances of your immune system overcoming a COVID-19 attack.

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Is COVID-19 Genome Mutation Helpful? Here Is What We Know

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“Genome mutation” is probably one of those words you’ve heard a total of three times (or less) in your life. You vaguely know it has something to do with biology but never really bothered to know more.

Good news! In this post, you’ll get to learn what these two words mean. More importantly, we’ll explore the concept of genome mutation in relation to COVID-19 and how it might be a good or bad thing in the fight to contain the virus and develop a cure or a vaccine for it.

What’s a Genome?

The technical definition of a genome is “the haploid set of chromosomes in a gamete or micro-organism, or in each cell of a multicellular organism”. To break that down, it simply means that every living organism- could be human beings, animals, lizards, or, in this case, a virus  (COVID-19), is made up of tiny units called cells, and these cells contain molecules that carry the structural information.

For humans, the genome is a collection of DNA, while in viruses, it is RNA. This RNA in viruses is reverse-studied by scientists to understand the nature of viruses.

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How about Mutation?

Mutations are alterations in genetic materials- the genome in this case- that can alter the molecular structure of the organism and change its fundamental attributes. For viruses, mutations are a part of the evolutionary process, and it’s a way by which they survive in harsh environments, changing their features to align with prevalent conditions.

For example, you might know that seasonal flu currently has no known vaccine. The reason is that the flu virus evolves really fast (more than 50 times a year). Any vaccine developed for a current strain gets obsolete within 2 months or less, so there’s no point expending all the effort and resources meant for that.

How about the Coronavirus

Just like any other virus, the Coronavirus has a genome as well and has been shown by researchers to mutate too. Now to the main question, is genome mutation helpful with COVID-19? Well, there’s a yes and a no to this answer. 

Yes. And this is because COVID-19 has been discovered to not mutate as fast as the seasonal flu (less than 25 times a year). Also, keep in mind that the Coronavirus is twice as virulent as the seasonal flu virus.

When the size is factored in as well, the mutation speed becomes four times slower than that of the seasonal flu. This is helpful because any vaccine developed will be valid for a relatively longer time than those for the seasonal flu.

However, genome mutation presents a problem in treatment and outbreak containment. An example is how different symptoms continue to show up in relation to the virus. This makes it potentially difficult for healthcare providers to identify infected patients prior to testing and take appropriate isolation and decontamination procedures.

As scientists continue to track the virus’ evolution, we can only hope they find cures and vaccines that can keep up with the various mutations.

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How long Do COVID-19 Antibodies Last? What are antibodies and what do they do in the human body?

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Antibodies are an important part of how the body’s immune system fights off infections to keep us healthy. In the human body, antibodies are the equivalent of soldier ants in an ant colony. They identify strange elements (diseases) and stop them from causing harm to the body either by killing them or slowing down their reproduction.

Medicine and Antibodies

The discovery of antibodies was a great step forward for science. Rather than just wait for the antibodies to do their thing, medicine has taken a step forward by triggering them in the following ways:

1.Vaccination: Most vaccines work by triggering antibodies to put the body’s immune system on alert. The idea behind a vaccine is to introduce a small and innocuous amount of the disease we are trying to prevent into an individual’s body. When this happens, antibodies are triggered and produced, such that when an actual infection occurs, the immune system can fight it off.

The good thing about antibodies is that they last a very long time in the body system. It is why some immunizations/vaccines can be taken just once in a lifetime, and the person can be assured that any infection in the future will be taken care of;this is referred to as immunological memory.

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2.Plasma Transfer: In a more direct approach, human plasma samples can be obtained from an individual who was able to recover from a viral infection (hence, their bodies must have secreted antibodies). The samples are then introduced into the bodies of patients currently battling the disease. This strengthens the patients’ immune systems and helps them fight off the virus.

Why hasn’t this worked for the Coronavirus?

True, the outlook is quite positive, and there’s a great deal of potential in using antibodies to fight viruses. However, it takes time to identify the exact antibodies and create appropriate vaccines to trigger them.

 Also, experts do say that the coronavirus mutates, howbeit not as fast as the seasonal flu. This also makes the search for a vaccine a little more complex as we have to be sure that any antibodies activated by a vaccine will not be unable to fight a new strain of the virus in the future.

An important advantage

While antibodies have not given us the much-desired vaccine yet, they have been useful in a very significant way which is antibody testing. The regular coronavirus tests can only show currently infected individuals and this can be misleading because some patients can be asymptomatic and recover before getting tested, leading to the incorrect assumption that they were never infected.

With antibody testing, however, it can be shown whether a person currently has or have had the virus at any time in the past by checking the antibodies that are present in the individual. This helps in two ways: First of all, by understanding infection history, researchers can more effectively map the outbreak pattern to better understand the nature of the virus.

Secondly, antibody tests reveal individuals who are potential candidates for plasma donation in treating presently infected patients.

While we await the ultimate vaccine, which is our best bet to overcoming the virus for good, antibody testing can give us some small wins in the meantime.

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Battling The Odds: Between Vaccination And A Cure For COVID-19

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It has become commonplace to hear the phrases “adapting to the new normal; getting used to a brave new world,” and other similar sayings. As much as it seems the world is getting used to living with the Coronavirus, there are still hopes; not just hope, but efforts to find a permanent solution to the pandemic.

What a permanent solution to the Coronavirus will look like

A permanent solution can come in two ways. The first is developing a cure that is verifiable and can be proven to eliminate the virus from the body system while returning multiple negative tests. If this is achieved, treating the virus would be as simple as handling other illnesses such as the malaria parasite, typhoid fever and others.

While this option is workable and will at least help to get things back to normal pretty fast, it may not be the best on the table. Researchers are still not sure as to if the Coronavirus can re-infect a previously cured individual.

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So, can a recuperated COVID-19 patient get reinfected? If this is the case, a cure will fix people up but not protect them from a recurrence of the disease. That means that the world’s population would still be vulnerable to resurgences of the virus. That said, a cure would be very much welcome at the moment.

The most desirable permanent solution to the virus would be the creation of a vaccine. With a vaccine, everyone can be assured of immunity against the virus. A vaccine would be the ultimate conclusion to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Airports and seaports will open up, and we can return to the cinemas and beaches as long as proof of vaccination can be made public.

Now the question arises, how close are we to getting either of these options on a usable scale? You’re about to find out:

Cures: Although there is no particular cure, a couple of drugs previously in existence have shown potential. Particularly Remdesivir, Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine, Lopinavir plus Ritonavir and Interferon-beta have all been used to treat COVID patients at different times with impressive results.

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However, the results have not been tested for now on a large enough population sample to qualify as official cures for COVID-19. Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine became particularly popular when US President, Donald Trump, touted it as a useful cure. The WHO has, however, warned that there is the possibility of fatal side effects.

Vaccines: Ideally, vaccines take years to even get to the testing stage due to the high level of safety and quality that is required. Fortunately, we are not starting from zero per se. The SARS epidemic back in 2002 (which is a variation of the Coronavirus) prompted the creation of a vaccine by researchers, but it was kept when the virus subsided.

Now, researchers are working on developing that same vaccine to a conclusion, as it will be helpful for this outbreak too. Preliminary tests have been conducted with successful results, but it’s only the first step on a long journey.

Last Words

It is safe to stay hopeful that a cure or vaccine will be available soon, and we can stop living in fear of the virus.

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COVID-19 And Reports of Lung Damage; The Facts Laid Bare

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As expected, the major preoccupation on everyone’s mind is avoiding getting infected with the coronavirus disease. There are many reasons for this, and this ranges from the absence of a cure/vaccine to the difficulties encountered while getting treated, due to congested hospitals and limited healthcare resources.

The most important fear is staying ill for weeks and suffering from the various symptoms which include fevers, respiratory difficulty, and a lot of others that keep popping up as various cases show up.

The most worrisome among these are the speculations that COVID-19 leads to lung damage both in the short term, and even long after recovery- if the patient recovers. How true are these insinuations? Well, here’s what we know:

COVID-19 Truly Causes Lung Damage: There are various ways in which the Coronavirus causes damage to the lung. These include:

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS): Just as the name implies, ARDS is majorly associated with difficulty in breathing. Excess liquid droplets escape from the blood vessels into the lungs and accumulate so much that they can restrict the movement of air through the lungs and make it hard to breathe.

Perhaps you have heard a lot about ventilators as medical equipment used in treating COVID-19 patients? This condition is responsible for it. Ventilators are used in providing the required pressure for moving oxygen through the body when the lungs are too weakened by ARDS to get the job done.

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Pneumonia: If you’ve come across accounts of patients who survived COVID-19, a common experience is a feeling of heaviness in the chest, this is one of the symptoms of pneumonia. The lungs become heavy and filled up with fluid, causing blockages along the paths where air regularly passes during breathing. Patients find it difficult to breathe and feel pain in the chest. Pneumonia symptoms also include coughing.

Sepsis: In this case, the virus invades the bloodstream, overtaking it and spreading through it to destroy body tissue- especially at the lungs

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  1. It’s worse when these conditions pre-exist: The three conditions named above do not only occur as a result of being infected by COVID-19. These respiratory conditions might already exist in patients and it can be disastrous for people who already have them to get infected by the Coronavirus.
  2. Scarring can occur, leading to long term damage: When treated properly, and in the absence of severe underlying conditions, patients can recover from lung damage caused by COVID-19. In some cases, however, the effects sometimes extend beyond recovery. Scarring occurs when the damaged lung tissues are replaced with thick and stiff scar tissue which leads to shortness of breath during normal physical activities.
  3. Asymptomatic people can get lung damage from COVID: Unfortunately, carriers of the Coronavirus disease who do not appear ‘sick’ but have gotten infected by the virus are also susceptible to lung damage. This means without coughing or having difficulty in breathing it is still possible to have the lungs getting slowly damaged by COVID-19. Scary right?

While researchers keep learning more on the effects of COVID-19 on the lungs, the best we can do for now is abide by all precautions and stay safe.