The rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza is just a type of upper respiratory infection that affects the upper respiratory tract and severe cases of rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza will often lead to running nose, nasal discharge, constant sneezing, sore throat, constant and sometimes uncontrollable coughs, fever and malaise. Rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza often affects the nose and throat of the upper respiratory tract and will affect other parts of the upper respiratory tracts in severe cases.

Recovery Period of Rhinopharyngitis or Acute Coryza

In this article you will read about the recovery period or healing time for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, its prevention and coping tips and how yoga can help in fighting rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.

Recovery Period/Healing Time for Rhinopharyngitis or Acute Coryza

Recovery period or healing time for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza is usually within 10 days. The more severe rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza often last at most for three weeks. What determines the speed of your recovery/ healing depends on your lifestyle and not on the medications. The faster you act in immediately changing your lifestyle and following the home remedies, the faster you will recover/ heal from rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.

Rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza and cough medications prolong the symptoms, so you should try to avoid them. Studies have shown that taking pain relievers and other acetaminophen reduces the ability of the body to supply antibiotics that will kill the viruses naturally. Most of them complicate the disease and prolong the recovery period/ healing time. It is recommended that these medications should be used when you have more than 105⁰ F temperature or you have persistent body pains and aches or severe weakness. Allow your body to remain at a moderate temperature of at most 38.9 C, so the viruses do not reproduce.

Additionally, if you want to recover or heal faster from rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza avoid taking iced water, foods that contain much sugar or processed foods. These things encourage the growth of the virus in your body, thereby lowering your immune system. You should eat only vegetables, fresh fruits, herbs and spices, foods rich in omega 3 fats, proteins like milk, raw eggs, and hot-spiced foods for faster recovery from rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Also, ensure you take a lot of clean water, mostly warm water. You should also ensure you have plenty sleep of at least 8 and half hours when you are affected with rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.

Preventing Rhinopharyngitis or Acute Coryza

Rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza has no vaccination and therefore cannot be prevented by medication. The only way to prevent contracting is by natural means of living a healthy lifestyle. This way, the spread of the virus will be adequately minimized. The various ways you can prevent the infection of common cold include:

  • Eating healthy diet is the best way to prevent rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Always eat foods that contain plenty of vitamins and minerals to bust your immune system, most especially those that contain a lot of vitamin C. Such kinds of foods are fruits and vegetables.
  • Keeping your surroundings clean is a great way to prevent rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Always ensure your kitchen work areas, toilet, bathrooms, and surroundings are constantly and thoroughly clean. If any of your family members have rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, you should intensify your effort to keep everywhere clean.
  • Proper ventilation can help in preventing rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Always ventilate your rooms and living rooms and keep everywhere dry and aired.
  • Avoiding contact with a person infected with rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza is the ultimate way to prevent rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Do not share cups, spoons, plates and other general properties with a person infected with cold. Ensure the infected person has his or her utensils separated from the others.
  • If you already have rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, do not infect others by making sure you use tissue to sneeze and cough, and dispose it properly. Always cover your mouth and nose with your hands when you sneeze or cough and teach your kids to learn these habits.
  • When your child has rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, go to a healthcare center for children where you will be advised on what to do to prevent infecting others.
  • Do not stay in cold environments and do not allow your children to do so to prevent rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Keep the rooms warm always to prevent breeding of germs and moths.

Coping With Rhinopharyngitis or Acute Coryza

The following ways will help you cope with the rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, so you recover fast and it does not deteriorate to severe cases of pneumonia and other serious respiratory diseases:

  • In order to properly cope with rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, always wash your hands properly with soap and clean water so the disease does not worsen. When you keep a good hygiene, you also will prevent transferring the disease to other people.
  • Stay indoors and rest well in warm rooms to properly cope with rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Ensure you take plenty of sleep. When you rest well, your body renews its strength and is now able to fight the disease so you recover fast.
  • Ensure you take plenty of liquids such as warm water, hot soup, and tea to cope with rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. These will hydrate you and your throat will remain moist. The coughing and sore throat will be reduced.
  • One of the coping methods for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza involves taking supplements such as vitamin C, zinc, Propolis from bee, Oregano oil, and extracts from the Olive leaf. These will help boost your immune system to fight rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.

Yoga for Rhinopharyngitis or Acute Coryza

Yoga can help to in fighting rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza as it strengthens the body, giving balance and peace to the body so the body is able to fight the disease.

After you have recovered from rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza, practice the following yoga poses/ asanas to help prevent the disease from reoccurring or at least reduce the number of recurrences per year:

  • Hastapadasana or the standing forward bend pose for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza helps blood to flow very well to the head, while clearing the sinuses, also helps to strengthen the nerves and relax the body.
  • Nadi shodhan pranayama also known as alternative nostril breathing technique is a yoga pranayama for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza which helps open blocked nose so oxygen can easily flow to the lungs. It can also relieve you of stress and relax your body. If you practice this up to 8 times a day, you will be able to conquer rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.
  • Kapal bhati pranayam or also referred to as skull shining breathing method is a yoga pranayam for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza which helps free the respiratory tract so that a person can breathe easily while strengthening the nerves and improving blood flow. By doing this yoga pranayam, your mind is calm and uplifted and you can bounce back to life, ready to fight the rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza.
  • Matsyasana which is called as the fish pose for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza involves a lot of deep breathing, which help to relieve the illness from respiratory system. It also relieves tension in the upper body parts such as the chest, shoulder, and neck.
  • Viparita karani or the legs up the wall pose. The 'legs up the wall yoga pose' for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza helps take care of back and head aches, relieve the respiratory organs and restore peace to the mind.
  • Shavasana which is known as the corpse pose for rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza the last yoga posture that takes the body to a very deep meditation and rest so that the body is totally relieved of all stress and restored to vitality. It can relieve headaches and fatigue, allowing your body to rest well.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: May 3, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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