How to Get Rid of Sniffles
We are sometimes interfered with having sniffles whether we have congestion, a runny nose, sneezing or a combination of symptoms. There are number of causes that are why it is very difficult to know why we usually have sniffles. It is the proverbial cold and flu season. There have been no statistics to back up this claim, other than the countless number of patients that have been with the cold or flu, but this seems to be a particularly bad year. Today, this article would like to give you a few tips on how to shake those sniffles and get over that cold for good. When you do, a number of prescriptions, over-the-counter and home remedies are available.
Go see your chiropractor: That is the very first thing you should do when you have a lingering infection. This may sounds odd because we are all programmed to go see our GP. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you have had a cold that you just can’t seem to get rid of, the chiropractor can help in a couple ways. First of all, the violent muscle contractions associated with sneezing and coughing can be a reason to spasms in the neck and mid back that will stop lymph in those areas from properly draining. The lymph system is the bodies’ sewer. It is how we get rid of the broken down bacteria and viruses as well as other wastes. However since the lymph system does not have a pump like the heart, it has to rely on the muscles. If those muscles are spammed, the lymph isn’t going anywhere and the infection just stays put. Getting the lymph to properly drain can go a long way in getting over those persistent cough and
Drink Orange Juice
Any other vitamin C rich beverage, one of those is the orange juice can be the best remedy to get rid of sniffles. You should also drink plenty of water. Being hydrated always can help you fight off infection. As well as drinking water you need to be sure you are getting plenty of rest. While you are resting (sleeping) your body can focus its efforts on fighting off the infection rather than keeping you upright.
Avoid tobacco smoke
Avoid tobacco smoke because it can damage the lining of your sinuses and causes swelling in the membranes. The smoke-free laws that have passed in many locations will help you avoid passive tobacco smoke, but if you are a smoker with a constant case of the sniffles, you need to stop smoking. Try one of the many smoking cessation kits available at your local pharmacy.
See your doctor
See a doctor if your sniffles are caused by acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis. During this time, you may have sinusitis if you have a fever, green nasal discharge, symptoms lasting longer than 10 days or a bloody nasal discharge. Your doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics, anti-fungal medication or corticosteroid nasal sprays to kill the bacteria, virus or fungal infection.
A properly maintained humidifier can moisten dry nasal passages. There are many humidifiers that measure the amount of moisture in the air and keeps humidity at levels between 30 and 50 percent. They have a built in humidistat.
Try an over-the-counter antihistamine if you think allergies are causing your sniffles. Symptoms may be allergy-related if you have a watery discharge from the nose along with itchy or watery eyes and sneezing. Many antihistamines are combined with decongestants.