Tips To Prevent The Common Cold

More than 200 viruses can cause the common
cold with infections being primarily spread from person to person through the air and
close personal contact. Symptoms can include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing,
watery eyes, headache and body aches. But just because cold and flu season has arrived,
that doesn’t mean you or your family has to get sick. Outsmart germs with a few simple
strategies. I’m Shelby Cullinan and this is a health feature. When it comes to colds, you know the drill.
Once you have one, the best remedy is plenty of rest and lots of fluids. In other words,
prevention really is the best medicine. So…how do you prevent it? Hand-washing is one of
the easiest ways to prevent the spread of colds. The CDC recommends washing hands often
with soap and water, and scrubbing them for at least 20 seconds. Remember – Avoid touching
your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. It’s also a good idea to avoid sharing personal
objects such as utensils, cups and water bottles. If you’re already sick, the CDC recommends
following these tips to prevent viruses from spreading to others: Staying home if you can
and avoiding close contact with others, coughing and sneezing into a tissue then throwing it
away or coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands frequently and disinfecting
frequently-touched surfaces and objects. While there is no cure for the common cold, over-the-counter
medicines can help you feel better and ease symptoms. Always read the label and use medications
as directed and make sure to speak with your doctor before giving your child any nonprescription
cold medicine. Some medicines contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Remember
to call your doctor immediately if you or your child is experiencing a temperature higher
than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, has symptoms lasting more than 10 days or has symptoms
that are severe or unusual.

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