The Dreaded Cold and How to Prevent It
By Donna Kostiew
When it comes to colds, we all know the drill and it usually goes something like this: we downplay it for a day or two thinking it will leave as quickly as it came. When that doesn’t happen, we start complaining a little bit over a cup of hot tea and honey while clutching a box of tissues. We may even send our significant other to the drugstore to stock up on as many over-the-counter medicines as possible. As it lingers in our bodies and progressively gets worse we finally accept the fact that it’s not going away as quickly as it came. So we contemplate surgery. Yeah, that’s right. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It really doesn’t matter what the surgery is for, you just want to be in a hospital so that you can get the “real stuff” and start feeling better. You’re on Day 3, after all.
But seriously though, and all joking aside, the best way to fight a cold is to stop it before it even has a chance to attack.
Prevention Really is the Best Medicine
Save your sick days for something more fun … you know, when you call in sick but really aren’t. Here are some preventative measures to take that will help to stop a cold before it has a chance to settle in.
- Wash your hands - Every time you go out in public and touch something, you are picking up tons of germs. Washing your hands is the absolute best way to keep from getting attacked by these invisible invaders, and if you know you won’t be near a sink, carry a travel-size container of hand sanitizer with you. Most importantly, teach your little ones to do the same!
- Pull out the humidifier - Dry nasal passages make it harder for the body to trap and eliminate those annoying “bugs” that cause colds. Running a humidifier 24/7 helps with that and has been shown to be very effective. You can even add in drops of essential oils if you’d like, but just make sure you follow the instructions on how to keep it clean.
- Get some sunshine – Vitamin D is an important contributor to fighting off upper respiratory infections, so step outside and catch some rays! Or, because it is difficult to get the recommended amount only from the sun, try to add it to your diet with fish, dairy and supplements.
- Separate personal items - If a loved one gets sick in your home and has come down with a case of the dreaded sniffles and sore throat, you may want to lovingly banish them until further notice. One trick to avoid the spread of germs is to keep their personal items separate from the others. Move their toothbrush into a separate holder, keep their pillows off of the family sofa, and make sure their dirty tissues actually make it to the trash can.
Fighting a cold can be hard for everyone, but with some proactive measures, the suffering can be lessened … and surgery can be averted.
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