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5 Remedies For A Common Cold and How Compounding Can Help

The common cold is nothing to be afraid of. There are a thousand and one products out there that could cure it. But there are some times when it takes hold of you, and you just cannot shake it off. The combination of body aches, fever, chills, and congested nasal takes the life out of you. Not only does it put you down for the count, but it also affects your personal life, social life, and even professional life. What can a person do in these circumstances?

Here, we will discuss five remedies for the common cold and how a compounding pharmacy can help. But before we start, do consider an appointment with your doctor to be on the safe side, especially if you have trouble breathing, have an increased heartbeat or have a blocked nose.

5 Remedies For a Common Cold

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is the most famous and the easiest cure of all time. Sometimes when you have a fever, you develop a bitter taste, and chicken soup is one of the few things that actually taste good at that time.  A bowl of soup with chicken and some vegetables slows the movement of neutrophils in your body, which are a common type of blood cells. They help protect your body from infection, and when they are slowed down, they stay more concentrated in the areas that need healing.

Chicken soup also helps reduce symptoms of infected upper respiratory. The soup has great nutrition value that also keeps you hydrated. Even if you are not feeling sick, having chicken soup is not a bad idea!

Ginger

The Health benefits of ginger root have been touted for centuries. Just a few slices of raw ginger have curative properties that can help cure various diseases, the common cold being one of them. Put these few slices in boiling water for about 2 to 3 minutes and add a spoonful of honey before drinking it. This mixture will cure your sore throat and soothe your cough.

Honey

Honey has antibacterial properties, and various studies have proved it. In old times people used to cure wounds and cuts with honey. Drinking honey tea with a hint of lemon can help you feel normal in overall cold symptoms. Honey is also a natural cough suppressant. You can give honey to small children who are afraid to take medicine, and it will help them sleep soundly.

Garlic

Garlic may have antimicrobial properties, and if added in supplements, may reduce the symptoms of a cold. Although not many people prefer garlic, a little bit could cure you in times of need. If you add garlic to your normal routine, it can save you from getting sick in the first place.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has many health benefits, and it also plays an important part in curing cold symptoms. You should add fruits like limes, oranges, grapefruit, and other fruit rich in vitamin C to your diet during a cold. Having tea with a little bit of honey and lemon juice will soothe your throat and help you get rid of phlegm. The goal is to add vitamin C to your body that your immune system needs to cure your cold. Vitamin C also cures respiratory infections.

How Compounding Helps Cure A Common Cold

The remedies mentioned above will often not handle your cold, and you will need something stronger. When that happens, you can either head down to your nearest pharmacy and get an OTC product, or you can ask your doctor about compounding medications. Compounding medications have a lot of benefits that you might not otherwise have.

Maybe the doctor has prescribed a medicine that has been removed from the market. You could ask the doctor for something else, but you have had amazing results with it before, and you want to stick to it. A compounding pharmacist could create a formula for you with that primary ingredient.

Most of the medicines available in the market have set dosages and formulas. If those don’t work for you, you can get custom dosages or formulas made from a compounding pharmacy. If you have trouble swallowing tablets, you can ask the compounding pharmacist to create the same formula in liquid form. Compounding could be especially beneficial for children as they might have a hard time with tablets. They could also dislike the taste of the liquid medicine. In this case, the compounding pharmacist could create the same medication with their favourite flavour, ensuring there is no compliance issue.

Final Words

Home remedies often go unnoticed, but they are simple yet most effective methods to cure a cold. However, if the symptoms are severe, home remedies might not be effective. Seeing a doctor should always be a priority. Nowadays, compounding medicines are also making it easier for patients to take medicine.

Contact us if you want to know more about compounding, and we would be happy to help.

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