The Common Cold!

The “cold” is actually caused by a virus.  The virus is transmitted in two ways:

  • contact with infected hands or objects
  • particles floating in the air

How can you reduce the number and severity of colds?

  • Keep your stress level down.  Increased stress has been associated with increased colds and symptoms.
  • Always was hands throughly and frequently with soap and warm water. (It is important that we teach this lesson FREQUENTLY to our children
  • Use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue instead of your hand
  • Wipe telephones, counters and other surfaces with disinfectant
  • Take regular doses of Vitamin C each day

What’s the best way to treat a cold?

  • Rest!
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water) to prevent dehydration (caffeinated beverages don’t count)
  • Enjoy a bowl of chicken soup!  It has been proven to relieve cold symptoms and nasal congestion.
  • Gargle with warm salt water (1 tsp salt) to relieve sore throat
  • Increase Vitamin C
  • Avoid caffeine as it increases coughing spasms and dehydrate the body.
  • Avoid milk and milk products which increase mucous in the throat

A word on medication:

  • It is preferable to treat each symptom individually rather than take multisymptom medication.  The combination of ingredients often cancels their effectiveness.

By Marybeth Schepis R.N

Encouragement: A publication by Angela DiCicco and Gail Signor

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