Beyond the Cold: How To Treat Winter Ailments

A runny nose and nasty cough aren't the only bugs and bothers you have to worry about this winter! Congestion, allergies and more can also create havoc in the cooler months.

Here are the main lurgies to be wary of and how to treat them effectively.

THE DREADED FLU 

It creeps up on you; first, there may be that itchy feeling in your ears and throat, a dull ache in your muscles, fever creeping in and a rapid deterioration of energy levels - and any inspiration to get out of bed! Yes, you have the flu. And you are contagious. But fear not, confine yourself from the outside world for a few days to sneeze and cough yourself silly, and then things should be on the up. That runny nose will soon cease, and symptoms should abate.

What You Can Do 

Use a decongestant nasal spray to clear up your blocked nose so that you can get a good night's sleep. Not only is rest  essential to allow your immune system to recover, but you won't have much energy to do anything else!

THE SNIFFLY CONGESTION 

The winter season is coming and with this the cold season. First up, the common cold compromises the nasal passage, making it more susceptible to the build up of mucus and swelling of the nose, resulting in congestion.

Furthermore, winter is also fraught with sinus problems. No one really knows the main reason why there is an increase in colds during winter, as it is a year-round disease. Some theories suggest that because people spend more time indoors, during the cooler months, this increases the exposure to infections.

What You Can Do 

Get clarity with your blocked nose! This is easier than you think with an effective decongestant like Otrivin, which can be used in the evening before bed to work wonders to clear congestion for a good night's sleep. A nasal decongestant can also be used during the day to provide fast relief from a blocked nose and is long-lasting, so that you can get on with your day.

THE ANNOYING ALLERGIES

Pollen? Pah! In the cooler months, allergens seem even more sinister, with allergies traditionally triggered by mould, animals, and dust mites during winter. These allergens trigger similar symptoms to spring allergies, with coughing, dark under eye circles, itchy and watery eyes and runny nose all playing havoc. Although some of these symptoms are similar to a cold or congestion, allergies don't alleviate as quickly.

They linger for weeks and cause a lot of discomfort for sufferers that bed rest just can't remedy!

What You Can Do 

A decongestant spray can work wonders to efficiently relieve swelling in the nose triggered by allergens, to reduce that congested feeling. If symptoms persist, it can be beneficial to visit your doctor who may refer you to an allergist.

Nasal decongestant sprays are medicated products.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. Use only as directed. For the temporary relief of nasal congestion. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

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