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Common cold, acute bronchitis, acute sinusitis? All viral respiratory tract infections start in the nose and throat and practically always in the same way: sore throat, runny nose, cough… Respiratory tract infections are one of the most common diagnoses in the western world, and in 90-95% of cases they are caused by viruses. Relatively harmless initial symptoms may develop into illnesses such as sinusitis or chronic bronchitis. At any rate, it is important to act in time against the pathogens.
People generally take the following courses of action.
Wait and see
Let the body heal itself.
The main issue with this type of (non-)action is that it can lead to complications: If the inflammation spreads and the pathogens rise into the head, sinusitis may occur, whereas if they descend into the bronchial system, a bronchial infection may take place. Half of the patients still cough after three weeks if they do not receive treatment. There is also a risk of acute, severe complications, such as pneumonia. This is especially true for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
Furthermore, without treatment, virus infections of the respiratory tract are likely to become chronic. Scientific investigations show that chronic bronchitis or even asthma may develop within three years in patients with an untreated cough.
This is probably the most common form of treatment for RTIs. But they do not shorten the course of the disease, are generally not even effective at all as most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses (90-95%) — and antibiotics counter bacterial infections, not viruses.
» Treatment with antibiotics
In addition: Unnecessary antibiotics are frequently responsible for unpleasant side-effects such as diarrhoea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal problems and fungal infections. Furthermore, the number of resistant (i.e. more insensitive to antibiotics) bacterial strains increases as use of antibiotics becomes more widespread.
Take antiviral drugs
Antiviral drugs are ineffective against RTIs as they only fight influenza, or the actual flu. The main symptoms of the ”true flu” are:
If antiviral drugs are used unnecessarily against common cold and cough viruses, however, increasing numbers of viral strains are likely to develop resistance (at present already up to 20%), and during dangerous influenza epidemics, these important reserve medicines are then ineffective! These drugs also have side effects.
Take products to relieve symptoms
Many people take standard over-the-counter medicines such as nose sprays, lozenges, salt water solutions, etc. to relieve symptoms. They make sense to provide short-term relief, but they do not address the root of the problem.
Some of these medicines are known to cause side effects or may even be addictive.
Additional tips to help you recover:
Reduce physical activities when you have a respiratory tract infection.
Get enough sleep.
Drink lots of water or herbal teas, because with sufficient fluids, mucus is loosened and transported away more easily.
Use inhalations with essential oils or salt solutions.
Take an effective, non-antibiotic alternative
There is an effective, plant based treatment option for respiratory tract infections. Special extract EPs® 7630 tackles the infection at the root and additionally provides relief of symptoms. This treatment helps you to recover faster and get back to daily life earlier. In numerous clinical trials it has been shown to be safe and without side effects.
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