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