So unpleasant cough and painful neck, which many of us encounter in autumn and winter, can often prove to be something that is not easy to deal with. What are the main causes of a painful neck and cough and how to deal with it, Zanna Ozolina, a pharmacist at BENU, shares her advice.
Pharmacists indicate that the virus is the most common cause, up to 90%, of the neck pain. It is important to understand the cause of the problem to effectively combat it. Only then can we choose the treatment method and the recommended remedies. But it is best to prevent inflammation and illness by strengthening immunity.
Viruses and infections
Among the viruses that cause a disturbed neck are cold, flu, mononucleosis, measles, chickenpox or epidemic parotitis. Also bacterial infections, the most common A group of streptococcal bacteria, can cause sore throat. Bacterial infections are more common in children, in about 40% of cases. The immune response to an allergen, such as pollen, can also cause symptoms such as blocked nose, sneezing, and inflammation of the throat. Dry air, smoking and other irritants can also cause inflammation of the mouth and throat.
How to avoid
To prevent sore throat, as one of the first means, pharmacists call it immunity by feeding on natural foods such as ginger or garlic. Vitamin C should be purchased at the pharmacy in suitable doses and echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) with dietary supplements strengthens the immune system of mature people. In turn, it is best for young children to use probiotics or immunomodulators, such as elk supplements. Of course we should not forget the use of our "sun" vitamin or vitamin D. Personal hygiene also reduces the spread of the virus, which causes a high risk of morbidity.
How important is immunity
Our immunity weakens according to age, so its strength determines whether we become ill with a specific disease, and if the virus "grabs" behind the legs, then the indicator is the length of our disease. Immunity is influenced by several factors, but the most important pharmacists call stress, insomnia, malnutrition and lack of physical activity. In accordance with a healthy and active lifestyle we can prevent disease.
When the teas alone are not sufficient
In most cases, symptoms such as neck pain, runny nose, dry cough and slightly elevated temperatures decrease within 7-10 days. Combination of anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to relieve the disease, but this is not desirable. It is best to stay home when you are ill – relax, drink plenty of liquid – both water and hot tea with ginger and honey, eat healthy food, inhale with a mixture of medicinal herbs such as chamomile and peppermint, rinse your neck with warm salt water . It is not recommended to drink hot and carbonated drinks, because these necks can irritate even more.
However, if the neck is painful for a long time, the nose is blocked and there is pain in the nasal passages. If the cough lasts longer than three weeks and the body temperature has increased for longer, it is advisable to contact a specialist who will give you appropriate treatment.
Carefully with antibiotics
Until the doctor has prescribed a cause for your sore throat or cough, it is advisable not to use antibiotics, because in the case of a virus-induced disease it will not work, only the further deterioration of the disease will be caused by the destruction of our immune guards or the beneficial bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract. The use of the above hot and carbonated drinks is also not recommended. Patients who are overheated should not be unduly covered with blankets, on the contrary, let them cool down. As an extra measure, a damp cloth can be applied to the forehead. Do not use aspirin for small patients because of possible Ray syndrome to lower the temperature.
How to fight with dry and moist cough
When a virus is induced by viruses, the cough is often dry and itchy. Then it is recommended to use cough-reducing or cough-soft medicines. They usually contain Icelandic pickles or extracts of pine buds that will calm and "mumble" the cough. Using a lot of liquid and taking into account the dose and administration intervals of the drug, the cough is already productive. For these symptoms it is recommended to use an expectorant, such as ivy or syrup, or, if the sputum is more pronounced, a chemical medicine. Almost all of these drugs should be taken with a meal, the last daily dose at least three hours before bedtime. It should also not be prohibited to drink a lot of liquid.
However, if the cough is too tiring or delayed, you should definitely contact a specialist who will give you the treatment you need.
What is good for parents may not be suitable for children
Although some diseases occur in both adults and children, the pattern of many respiratory diseases in children is clearly different in adults of children, such as cold-related viruses, children can develop severe respiratory diseases such as bronchitis. In the case of acute cough, when certain drugs are used, whether they are prescribed by a pharmacist or prescribed by a doctor, the parents must follow the dynamics of dry cough that gets wet, if this dynamic is not observed, the medicine will be replaced. In the case of a dry stomach ulcer, antihistamines can be added to the anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce the irritation. Above all, you have to worry about a productive cough, because it is often the case that small patients do not have to awaken, so when you go on a stomach, the pillow should not be placed almost horizontally, but a little bit free.
It should always be taken into account that we, adults, can describe our symptoms and cough, but small patients can not listen to the cough in the child and should consult a specialist about the most suitable treatments.
Three steps to health
BENU Pharmacy has developed a simple three-step program to help this virus and colds during the process to strengthen immunity and recover more quickly if it still occurs. 1, 2, 3! Be very!. This is a new approach that explains how each situation should be treated using three easy-to-understand steps. The first step is to strengthen immunity so that the disease does not disappear. The second step – if signs of the first condition are present, immediate action is needed and immediate treatment with appropriate agents should be started to help prevent the onset of the disease. On the other hand, if the disease has not been successful in escaping, the third step is the right treatment – the pharmacist will recommend appropriate drugs to assess the situation for a faster and proper treatment of the disease. Remember – if you have doubts about your health, you can ask a specialist and ask the pharmacist for advice!