Avoiding The Common Cold

Have you ever experienced a runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, feverishness, nasal obstruction, cough, chilliness, and overall feeling like death? Since you answered yes, chances are, you’ve been hit with the common cold! Don’t worry; just because you feel like the Grim Reaper is right around the corner, he's not. What if I told you that you could lower your chances of getting a common cold this year?

So, let’s get started!

What is the common cold?

A common cold is defined as an illness caused by a virus infection in the nose, including the sinuses, ears, and bronchial tubes.

Cold facts

  • Colds can last anywhere from 2-3 days to 2 weeks.
  • The average adult catches 2-3 colds per year.
  • There are more than 100 cold viruses.
  • Rhinovirus are the most common cause of the cold.

Cold myths

The cold weather can cause a cold

  • It’s not cold weather that causes a cold; instead it’s cold weather that makes people congregate inside, making it easier for the Rhinovirus to jump from one person to the next.

A wet head can cause a cold

  • Your hair might freeze and break off, or you might just be cold! Either way, colds are caused by the virus.

Wearing garlic prevents colds

  • If you’re doing this, chances are, you’re single. You must ingest garlic for it to have ANY health benefits. Please, just don’t it!

Cold medication fights the virus

  • Cold Remedies do NOTHING to fight the virus, but sometimes, they can provide relief.

Chicken noodle soup will cure my cold

  • The key to fighting a cold is staying hydrated and eating enough calories. If your choice is chicken noodle soup, then go for it! But it has no special effect on a cold.

How do I get the cold?

  • The virus is spread through air from people coughing or sneezing.
  • The Rhinovirus also moves from one person’s hands to another’s, through doorknobs, hand railings, and especially gym equipment.
  • Many viruses can survive in the environment for up to 18 hours and can be picked up by other people and carried to their eyes, nose, or mouth.

6 tips to avoid the cold

1. Wash your hands often

  • Regular hand washing is the number 1 way to avoid the virus. If you’re the one who is sick, do everybody else a favor and avoid spreading it.

2. Avoid touching your face in public places

  • Think about everything you just touched. If the virus is on your hands and you’re touching your face, well… prepare yourself.

3. Keep household items clean

  • Your phone, remote control, bathroom, tables, computers, stuffed animals, sheets blankets, and any other surface you think the virus could encounter should be regularly disinfected.

4. Use paper towels

  • Germs can live on cloth towels for several hours.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Nutrition, exercise, minimizing stress, and getting enough sleep will help you avoid not only the common cold but also getting sick, in general.

6. Avoid infected people

  • Seriously, avoid them at all costs. (somewhat joking)

Oh, **** I got a cold! What do I do now?

1.Stay hydrated

  • This isn’t your invitation to sip on wine or a beer; drink plenty of water.

2.Rest

  • Shut the Netflix down and go to sleep; your body needs it.

3.Salt Water Gargle

  •  ½ teaspoon and 8 ounces of warm water will temporarily relieve a sore throat.

4.Saline Nasal Spray

  • Using saline nasal spray will help relieve stuffiness.

5.Sip warm liquids

  • Tea or chicken noodle soup can help relieve congestion.

6.Use a humidifier

  • This will add moisture to the air, which will help loosen congestion.

7.Cold medications

  • Be aware that these will only offer symptom relief, not cure a cold.

I hope you guys found this helpful! Next week, we will cover nutrition tips with our expert, Mike! Thanks for reading!