New Delhi: Unpredictability at its peak is what you can say about the weather in India these days. In some parts, heavy rains and floods caused massive loss of lives, while in places like Delhi, high-humidity levels greatly tested the residents. September is about to end but regions like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh are still experiencing floods. And in such volatile weather, cough and cold are one of the most common health problems that affect people. Cough and cold can cause a range of symptoms such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, etc.
While a visit to a doctor is advisable, there are some home remedies that can help treat symptoms of a cough and cold such as sneezing. Sneezing can be a result of triggers such as spicy foods, air pollution, and dust.
Home remedies to stop sneezing
It is easy to detect the triggers and one must avoid their use if he/she wants to prevent experiencing a sneeze. Spicy food, perfumes, dust, cold virus, dander, baking flour are some of the most common elements that can cause sneezing. Therefore, avoid these!
Consume more Vitamin C
Vitamin C boosts the immune system and is one of the very important nutrients if you are suffering from cold. It is an antihistamine and found in citrus fruits and certain vegetables. Guava, mustard, spinach, kiwis, oranges, lemons have a high content of vitamin C and can help fight a cold.
If you want to get rid of a sneeze as soon as possible, the intake of zinc should be increased. Zinc supplements are rich in immunity-boosting agents. Legumes, nuts and seeds which are easily available will make sure that you get enough of this nutrient.
Ginger and Tulsi
Ginger and tulsi can provide you with much help when it comes to fighting a cold. Adding these in your tea is the easiest and trustworthy way to tackle sneezing. You can also boil 3-4 tulsi leaves with some ginger for added benefits.
Amla is rich in anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties. All these elements build our immunity. Eating 3-4 amlas a day or drinking amla juice 2-3 times a day will help you in stopping that irritating sneeze.
Chew Black cardamom
Black cardamom is another great ingredient which has properties which will help you cut back on your sneezes. It can be chewed 2-3 times a day when you are suffering from a cold. Its strong aroma and oil content can help normalise the mucous flow and remove the irritants.
Try a nasal spray
A capsaicin nasal spray can also be used as it clears out congested sinuses and prevents your nose from irritation due to non-allergic causes. Capsaicin is present in chilli peppers that can cause instant sneezing and a running nose, but in a minute, your sinuses will be clear. It is believed that capsaicin cuts off the sensitivity to the nose-irritants.
Blow the nose
Irritants and sinuses make you sneeze and blowing the nose might remove the irritant and nullify the sneeze reflex. Keeping a box of soft tissues with some lotion with yourself can be helpful when you have a cough or sneeze.