Caught a cold? Change your diet, and buy an inhaler!

  • 2010-11-11

When the cold weather sets in, a period of colds, bronchitis, exacerbation of asthma and other respiratory diseases starts inevitably. Of course, it is better to prevent the disease before its occurrence, but what if the virus has struck first? Let’s specify at once that home treatment involves carrying out by yourself certain procedures approved by a physician. Otherwise, effective home treatment can become self-destructive with unpleasant consequences. So, what should you do if you are already sick?

Changing the diet. Changing the ration involves:

1. Exclusion of such products from the daily menu that can injure or irritate the already sore throat. These products include: coarse cereals, bread, grilled meat and other solid foods. The diet of the patient must consist of mostly boiled or chopped meat. Also you should avoid very spicy and sour foods that irritate the mucous membranes. These include: lemon, mustard, adjika, etc.

2. Inclusion into the diet of more foods that contain vitamins A, B, C and P. Most of these vitamins are contained in fruits and fruit juices. And vitamin P can be found in the mountain ash, rose hips and other berries. During the disease the food must contain a necessary amount of protein. At the same time, you should eat less food that is high in carbohydrates and oxalic acid.

Inhalations that were tested by ages.

Nowadays you can purchase a compressor inhaler for this purpose. This device has many advantages. Widely regarded as one of the main advantages of an inhaler is that it can apply medicine to the place where the cause of the disease lies. The possibility of penetration of medicinal aerosols in the respiratory tract depends on the size of aerosol particles produced by the inhaler. For example, the particles that are less than 1.0 microns in size freely circulate in the airways, do not settle on the mucous membranes and can be easily taken out with the flow of exhaled air. It is believed that aerosols with high dispersion penetrate deeply and settle mainly on the walls of respiratory bronchioles and alveoli.

Low-dispersion aerosols penetrate the pharynx, larynx, and fine-drop particles fully settle into the nasal cavity, its sinuses, nasopharynx, and therefore they are used primarily to treat respiratory diseases.
It is clear that these properties of the inhaler contribute to the rapid recovery of the patient, as well as to the saving of expensive drugs.

You can use essential oils and herbs as mixtures for inhalation.
Herbal remedies for inhalation may be both in simple forms and in complex compositions in the forms of decoctions, tinctures, extracts, elixirs, juice, etc.

For oily inhalations you can use vegetable oils, which can be well absorbed and split (sea buckthorn, rose hips, eucalyptus, peach, olive, almond, anise, camphor or oil mixture). The procedures should be done warm (the temperature should be above 38°C), because cold inhalations cause a vasoconstrictor effect. An inhalation lasts 5 - 10 minutes (during that time 0,5 - 1,0 ml of oil transforms into aerosol).

Remember, the fewer antibiotics get into our body, the better, so if you have an opportunity to avoid medical intervention in diseases, you should definitely take it. However, the treatment should begin as early as possible, so you should react fast and not neglect the disease.

An inhaler can be used to treat various diseases of the respiratory tract, and it is simply irreplaceable in cases of chronic diseases that occur with exacerbations. A small ultrasonic inhaler can be taken along on trips and used even in the car. In modern conditions it is very convenient.