Archive for the ‘Common cold’ Category

Common cold, local hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Still another study shows that raising the temperature in the nose aids the body in recovering from a cold. Early data suggests that the treatment should be continued for about 30 minutes. Treatments may be repeated at about two hour intervals. (British Medical Journal 298:128, May 13, 1989) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin


Cough medication

July 4, 2008

Children are frequently given cough preparations containing either codeine or dextromethorphan. A study from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, suggests that placebo is as effective as either codeine or dextromethorphan in night-time cough reduction. (Journal of Pediatrics 122:799-802, 1993) We suggest a good drink of water for each cough episode. Water is both safe and effective. Copyright 1993 Phylis Austin

Infants and cold medications

July 4, 2008

Infants often tolerate cold medications poorly, and may become excessively irritable or lethargic when given the medications. In 1988 poison control centers received almost 77,000 phone calls regarding adverse reactions to cough and cold medications. Most of the adverse reactions occurred in children less than six years of age.
Infants may vomit, have a dry mouth, flushed face, dizziness, tremor, seizures, lethargy, drowsiness, or even coma. The blood pressure may shoot up, the heart rate increase, heart rates become irregular, or the fever rise. The infant or child may become nervous, anxious, or overactive. In some cases they may suffer hallucinations.
Dr. Ann Gadomski, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that parents treat cold symptoms by keeping the child well hydrated. A bulb syringe may be used to clear the nasal passages, and a humidifier will moisten secretions, making them easier to move. Placing the child on his side or face down will prevent secretions from draining down the throat. Smokers should not be allowed near children suffering from colds. (Emergency Medicine, October 15, 1992, p. 201-207) Copyright 1992 Phylis Austin

Hyperthermia and common cold

July 5, 2007

Cold sufferers who inhaled hot, humidified air for twenty to thirty minutes reported improvement in their symptoms. (British Medical Journal 298:1280-1283, May 13, 1989)

This treatment has no known adverse effects if care is taken not to burn oneself, and may be repeated as often as desired. It is simple to do — merely place a pan of water on the kitchen stove and inhale the escaping steam. Drape a towel over the head and pan to capture the steam if desired. Hot saline nasal irrigations will do the same thing. Use one teaspoon of salt to one pint of water and irrigate with a small ear syringe from the pharmacy.

Copyright 1989 Phylis A Austin