How not to treat a runny nose: 5 serious mistakes

A run­ny nose can over­take any of us at the most inop­por­tune moment. You want to get rid of nasal con­ges­tion and sneez­ing as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, and there­fore many peo­ple often make mis­takes in the treat­ment of a run­ny nose, which can only aggra­vate the sit­u­a­tion. How can you not treat a run­ny nose?

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Mistake 1. Grasping for drops

At the first sign of a run­ny nose, we imme­di­ate­ly grab onto vaso­con­stric­tor drops, and this is the main mis­take in the treat­ment of a run­ny nose. After all, the secret secret­ed by the nasal mucosa does not allow the infec­tion to pen­e­trate fur­ther, and also removes microbes along with dead immune cells. Drops dry out the mucous mem­brane, which can aggra­vate the sit­u­a­tion and wors­en the course of the dis­ease, in addi­tion, there is a risk of devel­op­ing depen­dence on vaso­con­stric­tor drugs. Doc­tors warn: if you use vaso­con­stric­tor drugs for more than 5 days, drug-induced rhini­tis may devel­op.

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Mistake 2. Carrying a runny nose on your feet

We are not accus­tomed to con­sid­er­ing a run­ny nose as a seri­ous ill­ness, but it is impor­tant to remem­ber that you can­not bear a cold on your feet. The main secret to quick­ly treat­ing a run­ny nose is warmth and plen­ty of flu­ids. Only from stay­ing warm, and not in the cold, fre­quent air­ing, humid­i­fy­ing the air and con­stant­ly drink­ing warm drinks (tea with lemon, gin­ger and hon­ey) can get rid of a cold in a cou­ple of days.

Mistake 3. Treat with onions, garlic and other folk remedies



One of the com­mon folk reme­dies for a cold is drops from gar­lic or onion juice. These prod­ucts are bac­te­ri­ci­dal and can help with a run­ny nose, but they can also dry out or even burn the nasal mucosa and thus deprive the body of its nat­ur­al defens­es against infec­tions. There­fore, with onions and gar­lic, you need to be extreme­ly care­ful. A burn will cause even more trou­ble than a sim­ple run­ny nose. It is bet­ter to grate one of these prod­ucts on a fine grater and sim­ply inhale their vapors deeply through the nose.

As for warm­ing up the nose with salt or boiled eggs, this allows you to elim­i­nate the unpleas­ant symp­toms of the dis­ease, but only at the ini­tial stage. It is much more effec­tive and safer to rinse your nose with a saline solu­tion.

Mistake 4. Keep your feet warm

Feet with colds and run­ny nose can be warmed, but only with the help of baths or mus­tard in socks. But you can’t use wet socks when cot­ton socks are wet­ted with warm water, put on your feet, and plas­tic bags on top. In this case, the effect of a bath is cre­at­ed and the legs sweat. This pro­ce­dure is anoth­er mis­take in the treat­ment of the com­mon cold: it can only aggra­vate the dis­ease.

Mistake 5. Taking antibiotics

Antibac­te­r­i­al agents are com­plete­ly inef­fec­tive if the run­ny nose is caused by virus­es or aller­gens. In addi­tion, they dis­rupt the intesti­nal microflo­ra and weak­en the immune sys­tem. And this is anoth­er com­mon mis­take — you can not treat a run­ny nose with antibi­otics.

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