Use Garlic As Cold Remedy to Treat Throat and Ear Infections

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Decades have passed and up to this very day, the cure for the common cold is yet to be discovered. The best thing that people can do to be rid of it is to prevent it. In order to try and avoid it, people get their annual flu shots, they live healthy, they eat right, and they take various immunity boosting supplements such as vitamin C. However, there are factors that still weaken a person's immune system against the evolving and varying cold virus. It seems amazing that as man continues to come up with solutions of preventive measures against a cold virus, another strain pops up and causes more damage. If you do contract a cold virus, then you would have to provide palliative care. In palliative care, you would have to deal with the symptoms manifesting because of the cold virus. You don't target the virus itself. When you have a cold, you tend to have ear and throat infections that should be dealt with immediately to keep you comfortable and functional. Many prescription or OTC medications cater to palliative care for colds. However, consumers prefer to seek natural and affordable treatments. One such alternative treatment is garlic. This versatile herb can show you a different perception in tackling ear and throat infections related to colds. All you have to do is keep an open mind and try it.

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The Basics of the Common Cold

"Gesundheit!" You probably hear this German word for "Bless you!" many times when you're infected with the common cold. It's irritating to have an itchy throat, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing all day. Most of the time, you prefer to stay in bed and shut all Windows and doors, just hoping that you'll be better in a few days. No matter how much medication you take, you can never get rid of the common cold virus that quickly. The simple reason behind this is that there is still no cure for it. The common cold is actually a smorgasbord of at least 200 viruses. The rhinovirus usually takes the spotlight. It causes 10 to 40 percent of all cases of colds. The next perpetrator is the coronavirus that brings about 20 percent, followed by the RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) that causes 10 percent.

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When you contract a cold, it is usually a mild condition. You catch it from an infected person of from a contaminated surface. The virus clings to the mucosal lining of your throat or nose. Your immune system senses a foreign body and attacks the virus. As a reaction, your throat and nose increases its mucus production and becomes inflamed. You then generally feel weak because your entire body concentrates on fighting the infection. You become more susceptible to cold viruses when you are allergic, stressed, or fatigued. When the virus finally gets a hold of you, you will experience nasal congestion, sneezing, mucus drainage, watery eyes, and itchy throat. If your cold becomes severe, it turns into flu. You will then experience muscle aches and high fever.

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You develop a throat and ear infection during a cold because the Eustachian tubes that connect the middle ear to the throat become blocked. When this happens, the fluid from your middle ear cannot drain properly. The fluid remains stagnant inside the Eustachian tube and becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria that will then bring about ear and throat infections.

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The development of a throat infection

A throat infection is irritating and painful. It is usually caused by a mild illness, often a cold. Fortunately, throat infections from a cold virus go away on their own. However, it will benefit you more if you get rid of it right away. There are factors that bring about throat infections. A cold, laryngitis, mononucleosis, influenza, herpangina, or mumps can all result in a throat infection. Bacteria can also cause a throat infection, as can tonsillitis, strep throat, epiglottitis, and uvulitis. A sore throat from a viral disease will not be treated by antibiotics. If you do take antibiotics for a viral throat infection, you will only be exposed to allergies and side effects (yeast infections, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, and nausea). If you take antibiotics, you will kill off the good bacteria. You will also help develop antibiotic resistant species of bacteria.

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The development of an ear infection

An ear infection may develop during a cold. Some of the usual symptoms are earache, full feeling in the ear, muffled hearing, fever, irritability, loss of appetite, ear drainage, and restlessness. Most ear infections are caused by bacterial infections. The usual culprits are pneumococcus, moraxella catarrhalis, and haemophillus influnzae. Viruses can also cause ear infections. The flu virus and the RSV are the common infectious agents. The swelling from the allergy or the URI (upper respiratory infection) blocks the entire Eustachian tube. The air becomes trapped inside. It cannot flow toward the middle ear to drain out. The trapped fluid serves as a nutrient rich medium for bacteria and viruses brought in by the cold virus. The infection may be accompanied by fluid buildup and inflammation.

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The Eustachian tubes are responsible for draining the secretions from the middle ear, refreshing the air inside your ear, and regulating the air pressure in your middle ear. An ear infection is a common cold complication.

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What garlic has to offer

Garlic has always been part of almost every imaginable dish, from pasta to vegetables. It's so versatile that it doesn't only impart great flavor to your food, but it also manages to help you deal with throat and ear infections associated with the common cold. It has alliinase enzymes, diallyl sulfides, polysulfides, selenium, 1,2 DT, and allicin, which are valuable components that help you with your health. Take a closer look at them:

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    Allinase enzymes.
    To release the allinase enzymes in garlic, you have to mince or chop it first and let it sit a while. If you don't chop or crush garlic and immediately boil it, add lemon to it, or microwave it, you will lose its cancer prevention properties.
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    Allicin.
    In its extracted form, allicin is a valuable sulfur compound in garlic that remains intact for two to 16 hours when kept at room temperature. If it is still inside the garlic clove, allicin will be viable for just two and a half days. This garlic component can be absorbed through the skin.
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    Diallyl sulfides.
    These compounds in garlic help elevate ferroportin production. Ferroportin is a protein that is found on the cell membrane. It is responsible for allowing stored iron to exit the cells so that they can be available whenever they're needed.
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    Selenium.
    Garlic is known as a seleniferous plant because it can absorb selenium from the ground even if the soil isn't favorable.
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    Polysulfides.
    These molecules in garlic are rich in sulfur. These are used by the body to make hydrogen sulfide, which is needed to protect your heart. It keeps your blood pressure stable and dilates your blood vessels. You should consider using fresh garlic because processed garlic (extracts) cannot be utilized by the red blood cells similarly. These extractions do not provide the heart protection such as that given by garlic in its fresh or food form.
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    1,2-DT or 1,2-vinyldithiin.
    This sulfur compound has anti-inflammatory components. It helps target obesity since it involves inflammation as well.
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Experts recommend incorporating at least half a clove of garlic in your meals. Garlic will give your dish enough taste, aroma, and nutrients that will help you become a lot healthier. It would be better to add garlic at the end of your cooking process so that you could retain most of the nutrients and the flavor that it has.

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How to use garlic as a solution to throat infections related to colds

Any pathogen (disease-causing microorganism) has to be stopped so that you could go about your daily activities with comfort. By using garlic, you can naturally accomplish this without thinking of the side effects that regular prescription medication brings you. The following are some pointers of how you can use garlic to treat throat and ear infections:

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    Start taking garlic early.
    You should not wait for your cold to progress or become aggravated. If you take garlic before your infections worsen, you will be able to prevent more damage from the virus or bacteria in your system.
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    Consider taking garlic externally and internally.
    This would allow you to strengthen your immune system and fight your current infections more efficiently.
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    Make a garlic press.
    To harness maximum antibiotic effect from garlic, you should take it raw. Place a clove of garlic on a piece of oiled paper. Fold the paper and place a towel over it. Use a hammer to squash the garlic. Now that you have your garlic press, press it against the area of skin where you want to focus your treatment. The neck, throat, or chest areas are ideal, especially if you feel like your cold is worsening. Targeting the lymph glands will strengthen your immunity. The garlic will help activate your T cells that will target the infection.
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    Hold your garlic press firmly.
    Secure your press for as long as you can stand the smell. Be mindful of your skin's sensitivity. If your skin is sensitive, you can move your garlic press on a different spot if you feel it stinging.
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    Take note of the time.
    The allicin in garlic is most effective if used within 15 minutes after it is crushed.
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    Make a tasty cough syrup.
    Gather raw honey and garlic for the garlic lemon honey cough syrup. It is filled with probiotics and enzymes that will help you boost your immunity and fight off the throat infections.
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    Bite down on a clove of garlic.
    Get a clove of raw garlic and just bite it down for as long as you can stand the smell. This will introduce allicin into your system much faster because the mucus areas of your mouth are highly vascularized.
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How to make a garlic lemon honey cough syrup

Below are the steps on how you can concoct a garlic lemon honey cough and cold syrup. It's a tasty cough and cold remedy that only requires 10 minutes of your time. It serves four to six people.

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    What you need:
     
    1. Half of a lemon
    2. ½ cup of raw honey
    3. 1 chunk of ginger
    4. 2 fresh cloves of garlic
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    How you make it:
     
    1. Get a small jar and fill it half full with you raw honey.
    2. Squeeze the lemon into the honey. Stir.
    3. Crush your ginger and garlic cloves. Do not pulverize them. Crushing will release the enzymes and compounds.
    4. Place the crushed ginger and garlic into the honey. Stir.
    5. Refrigerate so that your throat will be soothed by the syrup and the temperature.
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How to use garlic for ear infections

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    If you're suffering from an ear infection due to colds.
    Here are methods on how you can use garlic to treat them:
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    1. Get a piece of cloth and place a freshly chopped clove of garlic in it.
    2. Place the prepared cloth in a bowl.
    3. Pour hot water into the bowl.
    4. Remove the excess hot water from the prepared cloth.
    5. Place the garlic cloth over the affected ear. (In a short while, your ear will be cleared of drainage.)
    6. Reheat the prepared cloth and place it below your affected ear. (This will make the swelling go down. If you have a sore throat, too, this will also help get rid of it.)
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    When you experience an ear infection after getting some water in your ear during swimming.
    Here is a remedy that you could use:
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    1. Get a small jar of warm olive oil.
    2. Dice a clove of garlic and steep it into the olive oil for at least 10 minutes.
    3. Let the mixture cool a little.
    4. Drop garlic olive oil into the affected ear. (After around two hours, the fever and pain will gradually disappear.)
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Tips

  • You can also use garlic for toothaches.
  • Choose another herbal solution if the patient is allergic to garlic.
  • Add raw garlic to your dishes, dips, and breads.
  • Always tell your doctor about any herbal remedy you would like to try.

Questions and Answers

Can ingesting garlic tablets help with strep?

When strep concentrated on rear roof of mouth, do Garlic tablets help?

Garlic tablets are a holistic approach to whole body wellness, however, once garlic is broken open or powdered, it loses much of it's potency. Therefore, your garlic tablets will be considerably less effective in as a strep throat treatment. Further, as you will be swallowing them, there will be no typical contact, which will further reduce their effectiveness. You would be better off using fresh garlic. One way that some persons report being able to more easily apply fresh garlic to the back of their throat is by mashing it and putting it on a salad or a cracker, with some salt, and chewing it, swallowing, but not drinking, so that it can sit on the throat a bit longer.

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Treating Streptococcal pharyngitis is something that should be closely monitored, as left untreated, it can potentially become infected, and lead to a worse conditions.

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I am having a mouth problem that is affecting my throat and ear. Can garlic be a good remedy to cure my problem?

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