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Home Health Care Providers Help Your Loved One Fight Colds

Nov 23, 2016 by Matt Clinnard

Winter is around the corner, and these days it’s very easy to catch a cold. The common cold can be serious for older adults. Home health care providers in Tyler, TX, could take care of your parent and nurse them back to health.

There are many natural home remedies for cold. Ginger helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion and support the immune system. Vitamin C has long been known to support the immune system and fight off colds. Home health care providers could make sure your loved one eats plenty of fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C like oranges, kiwis, bell peppers, guavas, strawberries, dark leafy greens, papaya, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Honey has antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs. Bananas and rice can soothe an upset stomach and curb diarrhea. Blueberries curb diarrhea and are high in natural aspirin, which may lower fevers and help with aches and pains. Chili peppers may open sinuses, and help break up mucus in the lungs.

The more energy your body uses to digest food, the less it has for the immune system. So your parent should eat healthy and light like soups, teas, fresh fruits and veggies. Chicken soup boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation of the lungs. Getting lots of rest and sleep is necessary. Your loved one’s body needs time and energy to fight off the germs and recover. If your loved one is sick on Thanksgiving, make sure somebody else makes dinner, so your parent can rest.

Blowing nose regularly rather than sniffling mucus back into the head is important. Your parent should be careful, they shouldn’t blow the nose hard, because pressure can cause an earache. Your loved one can loosen up their stuffy nose if they breathe in some steam. They should hold their head over a pot of boiling water and breathe slowly through nose. They should be careful so they don’t burn their nose.

Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. A teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily should do the trick. Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line nose and throat.

Your parent should take steamy showers as they moisturize nasal passages. Home health care providers could make sure your parent gets in and out of the tub safely. If your loved one feels dizziness from the flu, a sponge bath may be a good idea. Sleeping with an extra pillow under the head will help with the drainage of nasal passages. 

Home health care providers could make sure your parent gets plenty of fluids. It helps break up congestion, makes throat moist, and keeps your parent from getting dehydrated. Putting hot packs on sinuses can help with the cold.  Reusable ones can be bought in a drugstore, but making them is very easy. A damp washcloth heated for 30 seconds in a microwave should do the trick.


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