Highly contagious, the cold virus is highly present during this winter period and, unlike influenza, cannot be prevented by vaccination.
Few of the French will make this winter unaffected catch a cold. A very common infection of the nose (particularly the nasal cavity) and throat is caused by a virus. If, in principle, it is not necessary to visit a doctor in case of a simple cold, then many of us self-medicate.
Dangers of serious side effects
The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) says in a press release that these medicines used to treat colds (vasoconstrictors) can be dangerous to health and should be used with caution. It’s often Humex Cold, Rhinadvil Cold, Dolirhume, or Actifed Cold that are available without a prescription, which can cause serious side effects such as stroke, myocardial infarction, or mental disorders. It is forbidden for children under 15, pregnant or lactating women.
The cold goes away after 7 to 10 days
The FDA adds that this vasoconstrictor works only on symptoms and not on the duration of a cold, which usually passes after 7 to 10 days without treatment.
To treat a cold, there are some effective methods, such as cleaning the nasal cavity with a jet of water or physiological saline solution. Dry or wet inhalation of essential oils (radiant eucalyptus, pine) is also effective as an infusion based on thyme, lemon and honey. Finally, note that sleeping with your head elevated improves breathing. If symptoms persist for more than seven days or worsen, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.
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