Winter Sniffles and Sneezes in Overland Park

Winter Sniffles & Sneezes in Overland Park!

Winter Sniffles and Sneezes in Overland Park

A stuffy nose, sneezing fits, watery eyes, nagging headaches. Experiencing these kinds of symptoms is no fun for anyone but in the winter it’s pretty common. Cold season in Overland Park really does mean the cold season for many, not as in the temperature but as in the cold virus. But is what you are suffering from really a simple common cold? Or is it a sinus infection, which something that is a different thing altogether?

Colds and You in Overland Park

Everyone gets a cold from time to time, especially in the winter. Cold viruses are powerful things and it only takes a few unstifled coughs and sneezes to start off a chain of infection that can quickly make its way through a whole family, a whole office, or a classroom full of kids.

Classic Symptoms

  • Sore Tthroat
  • Cough
  • Nagging Headache
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Lethargic
  • Mucus Build Up
  • Runny Nose
  • Swollen Sinuses
  • Fever - usually low grade in grown-ups, often higher in kids
  • Treating Colds

As horrible as they can be there is no magic bullet cure for the common cold. The person who comes up with that will certainly go down in history. This means that pestering your doctor for antibiotics is a waste of time (although many people do) Antibiotics treat infections, not viruses and the overuse of antibiotics is a dangerous problem

Walk into any drug store and you will find all kinds of OTC cold remedies. They usually promise a lot and if you are truly feeling dreadful they are terrible tempting. However, they should be used with caution. Apart from the sleepy side effects many come along with OTC meds can react with prescription drugs and it’s important to remember they are not curing anything, merely masking symptoms.

A better idea may be to follow some simple, tried, and tested good old fashioned home remedies:

  • Stay hydrated - Hot drinks can be especially soothing and some herbal teas can really help relieve a sore throat.
  • Eat light - That old chicken soup suggestion? Take it, even some recent scientific studies have concluded that it really can help you feel better.
  • Get as much rest as possible - Hard, we know, especially if you are trying to keep working like most of us do but crucial if you want to get better faster.

Sinus Infections and You

Although they are easy to mistake for colds, sinus infections are completely different and should be treated differently. Viruses (including colds) bacteria or even allergies can lead to sinus infections. And for some, unfortunately, they do seem to keep coming back all winter long.

How do sinus infections differ from colds, when it comes to symptoms?

Common Signs Include

Sinus pressure behind the eyes and the cheeks, often accompanied by a terrible headache.

  • A runny, stuffy nose that lasts more than a week
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Thick yellow or green mucus draining from your nose or down the back of your throat (postnasal drip)
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Treating Sinus Infections

Usually, a one-off sinus infection will go away on its own or sometimes - but not always - the process can be sped up with a course of antibiotics. The real problem is if these infections keep coming back, at which point it’s time to explore other options.

What many people don’t know is that a visit to their chiropractor can really help. Often recurrent sinus infections are the result of sinuses that simply don’t drain properly, so the natural healing process is impeded. Poor sinus drainage can actually be the result of misalignment, especially in the neck, so fixing this issue can be very beneficial.

How Acupuncture can help

Acupuncture also helps many chronic sinus sufferers, helping to open up the sinuses so that they drain more efficiently. Needleless acupuncture is appealing to many, as there are no scary needles involved!

Finally, as prevention is always better than cure, make sure that you practice basic cold and sinus infection prevention and that your kids do too.

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face with dirty hands
  • Avoid people who are suffering from a cold as far as possible
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of Vitamin C which is great for helping to keep colds at bay.

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Nigus Chiropractic & Acupuncture
7295 West 97th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 953-5959