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Cold

This can cause increased snoring.

Cold, catarrhal infection of the upper respiratory tract sometimes confined to the mucous membrane of the nose, at other times involving that of the throat and larynx as well. Any one of more than 200 viruses brings the common cold. The symptoms generally involves nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, red eyes or you may also have a cough, headache, sore throat, dry cough and general body aches. It is frequently accompanied by fever and usually with general discomfort. The causative agent may be one or more filtrable viruses to which, it seems, hardly anyone is immune. Chilling of the body or allergic tendencies may be predisposing factors, but the general state of health or nutrition, contrary to popular belief, is not necessarily indicative of an individual’s proclivity for catching cold. Children usually get colds from other children, an average of 3 to 6 colds per year. The congested and discharging mucous membrane may become a fertile ground for a secondary bacterial infection that may spread to the bronchi (bronchitis) pneumonia and lungs or to the ears, sinuses, or mastoid processes. Colds occur throughout the year, but are most common in late winter and early spring.

Many lifestyle choices work against us during cold and flu season.
Change harmful habits to enjoy a healthier winter.

  • Eliminate sugar: refined sugar found in i processed foods, fast food, pop and baked goods weakens the Immune system and i promotes the growth of opportunistic disease-causing bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • Stop smoking: increased nasal congestion.
  • Avoid alcohol: can cause greater relaxation in the soft tissues and muscles in the throat.
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette: coughing or sneezing into your hand puts i germs right where they want to be for easy i transmission. Instead, use a disposable tissue and throw it away immediately. If i there's no tissue in sight, move away from i others and turn your head into your sleeve. 
  • Resist cough suppressants: annoying as that cough might be, it helps to expel I germs and mucous from your body, therefore speeding recovery.
Many of the nutrients to prevent a cold or flu and speed healing when a virus catches you are likely already in your kitchen. If not, put these items on your shopping list to help you have a healthy winter:
Yogurt – a daily serving of low-fat unsweetened yogurt contains probiotic cultures (beneficial bacteria)
that stimulate production of immune system substances that fight illness.
Garlic: part of the onion family, garlic has been used for centuries as a culinary and medicinal plant. Along with making a delicious addition to almost any meal, garlic helps to boost the immune system. Keep onions, shallots and leeks in the pantry as they provide similar anti-viral properties.
Ginger – not only a delicious source of immune-boosting antioxidants, ginger also contains compounds that naturally fight viruses. Add ginger to your recipes, or drink it as a tea to soothe a sore throat.
Peppermint – in a tea or inhaled, peppermint helps loosen mucous and clean sinuses. It may help soothe a headache or induce sweating which is useful to reduce fever.
Fruit – oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are excellent sources of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight infection. Bananas, pineapples and peppers supply a good amount of the sunshine vitamin and Vitamin C. As a bonus, fruits are easily digestible when you do not feel like eating. Fish, nuts and seeds – these foods contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that help your immune system build antibodies.
Water – aim for 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day, and more liquids when your are under the weather. Water helps to flush germs out of your body while keeping the lining of your nose and moth sufficiently hydrated to fend off invaders. Noncaffeinated herbal teas provide a tasty way to boost water intake.
Influenza season.
Autumn is the season before cold and flu season, and a great time to plan ahead to minimize the possibilities of contracting the influenza, or flu, virus. Generally, flu season occurs between December and April each year.
The flu is a viral infection of the airways of the nose and throat. While many other viruses can cause colds or flu-like symptoms, the influenza virus is particularly nasty, and in certain populations-children between the ages of 6 and 23 months, and the elderly causes additional complications that can be life-threatening. Prevention is the best method of combating the flu.
Cold or flu?
Many people mistakenly attribute their cold or flu-like symptoms to the flu virus. There are, however, some striking differences. Of all the symptoms, the high fever, severe headaches and body aches, bad cough and extreme fatigue lasting up to three weeks are definitive for the influenza virus.
Preventing flu.
Wash your hands. This is the number one activity that helps stop the spread of the virus. People should always wash their hands before and/or after eating, feeding children, using the toilet, changing a baby's diaper, using a tissue, visiting people who are sick; playing with shared toys and handling animals or their waste. Alternatively, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be used. It is also a good idea to sanitize the surfaces of toys, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches and other hard surfaces. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. The influenza virus spreads through the inhalation of air-borne infected droplets.
Get an annual flu shot. This is especially important for those populations at risk of complications from the flu. A flu shot is needed each year, as the virus is constantly changing. Full protection occurs two weeks after getting the shot. The viruses used to make the vaccine are not alive, people cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Live healthy! Eat a variety of nutritious foods and exercise regularly to prevent illness.
You are what you eat. Avoid cortisoland blood-sugar-enhancing refined carbohydrates such as doughnuts, muffins and white bread, and junk food such as candy bars and, especially, full-sugar sodas. Instead, opt for food and beverages such as blueberries, green tea, soy products, milk and whole-grain breads, which block some of the detrimental effects of cortisol. Talbott also suggests limiting caffeinated coffee to two to three cups (no more than 200 mg of caffeine) daily or risk boosting cortisol levels.
Treatment.
If you do get the flu, it is important to rest and drink plenty of liquids. Aches and fever can be treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Children should not be given aspirin because of the risk of Reye's syndrome. If symptoms do not improve, see your doctor; you may be suffering from some of the more serious side effects of the flu. Antibiotics have no effect against a viral illness like the flu. Influenza, the flu, is an virus or infectious disease caused the upper respiratory system.

Do I have cold or the flu?

Symptom

 

Cold

 

Influenza (Flu)

 

Fever

Rare

Usual high fever (39°C/102°F to 40°C/104°F), sudden onset, lasts three to four days

Headache

Rare

Usual, can be severe

General aches and pains

Sometimes, mild

Usual, often severe

Extreme fatigue

Usual

Unusual early onset, can be severe

Runny, stuffy nose

Common

Common

Sneezing

Common

Sometimes

Sore throat

Common

Common

Chest discomfort, coughing

Sometimes, mild to moderate

Usual, can become severe

Complications

Can lead to sinus congestion or earache

Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, can worse a current chronic condition, can be life-threatening


You may want to consult specialist if you have sever snoring that has just started recently and you haven't gained any weight.

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