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?
- 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