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More Wrong News about Common Cold and Cold Temperature

The public misinformation on the common cold still flows like a runny nose.

News report today, based again on bad science, is from a weather channel news article March Temperature Extremes Not a Factor in Spread of Common Cold

The author Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer, states the myth promoted by many doctors that  temperature has no effect on the spread  of the common cold virus, despite the high correlation between cold weather and people getting more common colds, every year, everywhere.

“Doctors, however, say there is no correlation between the weather changes and illnesses.

“This is a myth that is very commonly heard, however,” Dr. Wanda Filer, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ board of directors, said. “It is known that seasonal flu viruses circulate faster in cold weather, when the air is cold and dry.”

The article goes on to emphasize that the reason there are more colds is that people are closer together and spreading the cold more…. a popular, but wrong, explanation among doctors.

Once again they ignore the hidden mystery trait of cold viruses, that grandma and folk remedies around the world instinctively know, that COLD TEMPERATURE MAKES YOUR COLD WORSE.

So the doctors are waging an interminable campaign to teach people to be counter-intuitive and insist that colds are NOT made worse by cold weather.

Apparently doctors want us to spend more money on antiseptic lotions, handwipes and pharmaceutical medicines, (since the pharmaceutical companies need their $4 billion of profit) instead of the more common sense, convenient and cheaper WARM & STEAMY remedies

The article tries to dispel the, supposed other myth that your individual cold gets worse with big temperature swings that happen in March.

“Many people, however, can suffer sinus symptoms with changes in barometric pressure and may interpret this as a cold or allergies, since congestion and headaches may result. When the temperature changes, they may associate it incorrectly with their symptoms,” Filer said.

I do agree partly, that just cold temperature alone can cause similar symptoms to a cold. I get a runny nose when I’m exposed, even for a minute, to cold weather.   even when I’m sure I don’t have a cold. It is part of our bodies Immune System, protecting our airways against the effects of cold temperature. And of course headaches can be caused by changes.

But the temperature changes can also actually make your cold virus grow much more rapidly.  And when people are experiencing unexpected cold temperature, as in the recent weather swings, they might not be as prepared for keeping warm in the sudden coldness, and perhaps their bodies are not as adjusted internally to the temperature changes to fight off the viruses.

The article then goes on to give advice for how best to prevent spread of colds.

Although the author first gives equal weight to possibilities of passing cold germs through touch and through air, by breathing/coughing/sneezing… he then mainly addresses the cold being spread by touching of infected surfaces. This is very illogical (but popular) advice since it is the manner that is way less likely to spread the colds than by breathing the germs in from the air. Therefore, it emphasizes handwashing and hyper-sanitizing everything you touch as the main way to prevent spreading of colds.

“hand washing is the most important thing a person can do to protect others and themselves.”

He does mention at the end to avoid sick people, but NO mention of covering one’s nose and mouth to prevent spread of germs.  of course more drugstore products are sold that way…and thus more pharmaceutical profits with which to pay their physician spokespeople and pay for the pharmaceutical-funded research studies that are desperately searching for any scant evidence of  supposedly cold virus- fighting ingredients that they can make profits from.

91. India ZeeNews gives Common Cold Overview (part 1 of 2)

REPOST  India’s www.ZeeNews website

 

This India News site gives a health report on news of he Common cold. It’s a very straightforward, good overview of the common cold, symptoms, prevention and remedies.

It says the usual rest and fluids, but also includes “Humidified inspired air”  it doesn’t specify warm air … however. in India I believe that MOST of the air is warm already.

My favorite part is the comment left at the end.

And also the neighboring linked webpages of Ayurvedic medicine, and its list of healthy foods “not only for religious purposes”

Other countries often do not have the same concept of separating relgious beliefs from the rest of our education/information systems that many Americans believe is necessary.

Common cold recommended remedies listed here  for common cold listed are similar to ours, (no yoga breathing suggested?)

 

Common cold: Causes, symptoms and treatment

Common cold is often described as a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or tearing. Though, colds are very common, they are more widespread in children and decline with age. Colds are rarely dangerous to healthy adults or children, but may seldom be dangerous to infants, the elderly or other at-risk groups.

The common cold is caused by a virus and is very contagious. About 200 different types of viruses are there that cause common cold. Most cases of the common cold are mild, and most people recover from the common cold without complications. But, sometime they can lead to more serious infections and complications in some cases.

Symptoms:Symptoms of the common cold are low-grade fever, sneezing , watery eyes, runny nose, stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, sore throat, and cough.

Diagnosis:

Correct diagnosis of a cold usually means distinguishing between cold and the more serious flu, There are also other conditions that start like a cold (e.g. rare but serious whooping cough) and numerous conditions that have cold-like symptoms or flu-like symptoms. Although there are numerous different subtypes of colds, diagnosis of the specific subtype of cold is rarely performed and not usually important for treatment.

There`s no cure for the common cold currently, but there are ways to protect you from getting it.

Alternative Treatments for Common cold Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Common cold may include:

• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin A
• Zinc
• Echinacea
Common cold: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to Common cold:

• Secondary bacterial infections
• Otitis media
• Sinus infections
• Earache
• Pneumonia
• Bronchopneumonia (type of Pneumonia)
• more complications…»
Causes of Common cold

• Human metapneumovirus
• Coronavirus 229E, Human
• Rhinovirus
• Respiratory syncytial virus
• Adenovirus
.

CONTINUED IN Part 2

90. Some suggestions for cold remedies (part 2 of 2)

A Top Contributor is someone who is knowledgeable in a particular category.Firstly you do not need antibiotics for a common cold. It’s a virus not a bacterial infection. Have honey & lemon mixed with hot water, use a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a hanky or use steam either in shower or in a basin for your nose, get plenty of rest (in bed asleep), keep your fluids up, take the ibuprofen for your headache.
Get well soon.
Hot toddy of whiskey, honey, and lemon. I hate taking medicine too.

Source(s):Personal experience

Antibiotics won’t touch a common cold. The only time antibiotics would help is if you developed a chest infection, or similar, on top of your cold. There is no cure at this time. Probably the drug used most often in colds is paracetamol ( acetaminophen in US and some other countries ). Paracetamol will help with pain and will also reduce inflammation in your upper airways and nose. It will also bring down a high temperature, although not everyone has one as a symptom of common colds. Ibuprofen will do similar things to paracetamol but can irritate your stomach. You can take them both at the same time as they are different classes of drug, but do not exceed their individual stated doses. Also be aware that some cold remedy drinks contain paracetamol, so if you take the tablets check any other products. If they contain paracetamol don’t take it. You may find the cold gets much better by itself before you go away.if your headaches are unbearable you should go to the emergency department or at least your GP, as it is unusual to get very severe headaches with a common cold. They are usually mild to moderate. if you have a cough you may have a mild chest infection too. Don’t take products which stop the cough. Cough up the stuff and spit it out into tissues as your body is trying to get rid of it. Taking vitamin C tablets or eating lots of citrus fruit may help to overcome the cold more quickly. Try to rest and drink plenty of fluid. I hope you feel better before you go away, take care :)

Source(s):Health care pro.