I've posted the answer on the following question:
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Now I've been suggested that this answer is not suitable for the site at all, because my sources are not credible and I'm making the bad assumptions. However I still not get it, so please help me to understand my mistakes in the answer below.
If possible, I'd like to request for @anongoodnurse (or @Shog9) to not answer this, as the aim of this is to actually hear the second opinion (Community opinion) rather than one person.
I'd like to also not hear about my patterns, personal style or other generalisation.
I'd like to ask you about specific problematic answer which I'm having problem to publish.
The question was simple:
I've heard that once a person catches a cold, his whole immune system becomes weak and is affected. In what way does having a cold influence the immune system?
If it does weaken it, how can one keep the immune system strong while the person is infected with a cold?
My answer is as follow:
When person catches a cold, it doesn't make your immune system weaker, but it occurs when it's already weakened. Pure immune function and your health is greatly impacted by your level of stress, lifestyle (such as lack of sleep) and dietary habits.Murray
A common cold is a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways, see below) and over 200 different viral types are associated with colds.
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A cold virus influence the immune system by inflaming the lining of the nose and throat areas and as they become inflamed, they produce more mucus, resulting in a runny nose and sneezing. When viral infection causes nasal obstruction, the body is releasing histamine which increases blood flow to the nose and causes nasal tissue to swell.
Most sinus infections are not serious, but it’s important to seek treatment for sinusitis early to prevent symptoms from worsening. Infection from a patient’s sinuses can travel to other parts of the body.
The main symptoms usually begins with fatigue, a feeling of being chilled, sneezing and a headache. Further symptoms include coughing, sore throat, blocked nose followed by a runny nose, sneezing, cough, a sore throat, and fever which usually resolve in seven to ten days, with some symptoms lasting up to three weeks. The symptoms are believed to be primarily related to the immune response to the virus.
Colds in general aren't usually serious, however, babies and the elderly and anyone whose immune system is compromised can be at risk of developing more serious complications, such as a bacterial chest infection.
While there's no cure for the common cold, there are the methods which can keep your immune system stronger by treating cold symptoms.
The following may help to cope with the symptoms of a cold:
A proper hydration, healthy raw food and the rest is a key for healthy body. So make sure you drink plenty of fluids – water is fine, but warm drinks can be soothing.
if you've blocked/stuffed nose, make the breathing easier by:
- changing position of your head (which can obstruct the breathing), e.g. raising the pillow or placing a pillow under the mattress which keep your head elevated while sleeping,
- run the shower and breathe deeply or use the boiling water and breath in the steam as it may help reduce congested and swollen nasal passages,
- inhale steam vapors (such as Olbas, Tea Tree or Menthol/Eucalyptus oils),
flush out your sinuses by run a mild salt solution through your nasal passages,
It helps to filter and moisturise the air we breathe and keep your sinuses moist and clearer. Make sure to only use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the solution.
paracetamol liquid/powder or ibuprofen liquid/powder can help ease a fever and pain,
For example you may drink a hot green tea (with ginger and honey) by adding a sachet of Paracetamol and Vitamin C into your cup and it can relieve blocked nose, sore throat, fever and headache.
a warm, moist atmosphere can ease breathing,
- keep the room aired and at a comfortable temperature,
breath with a fresh air,
Sleep with your window open at night. You may use a humidifier in rooms, especially at night.
Could you please point me to my bad assumptions or some fundamental mistakes, please?