In winter we are more plagued by colds than in the rest of the season. We spend more time indoors and are less active outdoors. Not only does the skin dry out and need more care, but also the mucous membranes.
The cilia of the respiratory system can no longer move as freely as the mucus on their tips becomes viscous due to the dry air. This limits the self-cleaning function of the cilia and viruses and bacteria have the opportunity to penetrate the bronchi.
Asthmatics in particular have difficulty breathing when the heating air is dry. Allergies are also increasing. It is therefore important to humidify the room air. Humidifiers are an option, but a damp towel over the radiator also increases the humidity in the room air. They should also drink enough in winter to maintain the water balance and compensate for the lack of humidity from the inside.
However, if you get a cold despite everything, do not take medication straight away, but try home remedies such as sage tea, chamomile steam bath and calf wraps damp at elevated temperatures. A vitamin-rich diet contributes to faster recovery as well as sufficient hydration so that the mucus that forms does not become tough and dry. Then they can cough it up and remove bacteria from the body.
A cold can be warded off with little effort, but a lot of initiative, or should they already be ill, mitigated and the recovery process supported.