Colds and Coughs
A cold is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat and sinuses. While adults usually have two to four colds a year, children can catch as many as seven to 10. Children often cough when they have a cold because of mucus trickling down the back of the throat.
Babies and anyone whose immune system is compromised can be at risk of developing more serious complications, such as a bacterial chest infection.
Coughs are incredibly common. It is one of the most common reasons for parents to visit their GP with their children. A cough is a reflex action to clear the airways of mucus and irritants, foreign particles and microbes. Coughs may be dry or chesty. Most children with a cough have an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus or in more severe cases a chest infection or pneumonia. If a cough continues for a long time, especially if it’s worse at night or is brought on by your child running about, it could be a sign of asthma. Some children with asthma also have a wheeze or breathlessness.
Most coughs clear up within two weeks although babies and anyone whose immune system is compromised can be at risk of developing more serious complications, such as a bacterial chest infection.
DRY OR CHEST COUGH
Dry coughs are usually felt in the back of the throat as a tickle that sets off the coughing. It happens when the throat and upper airways become inflamed (swollen). It is closely related to tickly coughs and often these terms are used interchangeably. Both dry coughs and tickly coughs are known as non-productive coughs (no phlegm), as distinct from chesty coughs where mucus is produced. A dry cough is most often the result of infection by cold and flu viruses because your brain thinks the inflammation in your throat and upper airways is a foreign object and tries to remove it by coughing. It can also be triggered by atmospheric pollutants (such as cigarette smoke) irritating your throat.
Chesty coughs (mucus coughs) are triggered by an excessive amount of mucus in the chest. The cough is helpful, because it clears the mucus from your lung passages. When the common cold or flu viruses enter the respiratory system, more mucus is produced in an attempt to wash away the bugs and help fight off the infection. This increased mucus can gather in the respiratory system and a cough reflex is triggered to help remove the extra phlegm.
WHAT CAUSES A COUGH
A cough is usually caused by a virus or bacterial infection. Most people with a cough have an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus or in more severe cases a chest infection or pneumonia. Possible non-infectious causes include:
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- A flare-up of a long-term condition such as asthma or COPD
- Acid reflux
HOW THE SALT CLINIC CAN HELP
Our mission is to help your children, and focus on the source of the problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms, which is what medication usually does.
To get a better understanding of how The Salt Cave can help with colds, coughs and different breathing problems, first of all we need to know what kind of properties salt has.
- It kills bacteria (the salt dries out all the germs and bacteria in your respiratory system)
- It is Anti-Inflammatory (Based on clinical studies the dry, saline-diffused air reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory tract)
- It has Mucolytic effects (loosens excessive mucus, speeds the elimination of toxins)
- Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
- Strengthens the immune system and restores energy levels
- It reduces IgE levels (the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers)
Salt Therapy helps treat all major processes acting in the bronchi: swelling, inflammation, excessive mucus and bacterial infection. As a result of Salt Therapy inflammation and mast cell response within the bronchi reduces, so the quality and function of breathing improves.
This leads to the balancing of other bodily systems, due to increased oxygen availability. Thanks to the desensitisation of the immune response, sleep patterns will improve and acute attacks and the need for medication will substantially decrease. This means the child will have more energy to play or exercise and become stronger and more resilient to everyday infections.