Helping Out During Cold and Flu Season

Sick Person in Bed

 

As many of you know by now that cold and flu season is in full swing and hopefully you’re not dealing with either. If you’re someone who work away from home, in the public or your kids catching either from school there’s some things you can do to help prevent you catching either.

Always Wash Your Hands

 

Washing Hands

This is something we all have heard several times from different family members and doctors that you need to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Some doctors have said they wash their hands up to 40 to 50 times a day. Also keep your hands away from you mouth and nose, while you’re at it, use the paper towel that your dry your hands with to turn off the faucet and flush the toilet.

Sanitizing Surfaces

Cleaning Surface

It’s known that germs travel from surface to surface whether it’s on computers, doorknobs and pretty much anything available in the public. You can easily fight those germs by carrying around some antibacterial wipes to wipe down any surfaces that you may encounter. Even when you go to places like Walmart they offer wipes to cleanse the buggy to avoid transferring germs to your body.

Exercising

Exercising

It has been proven that if you’re in great shape the better chances you will not be prone to being sick. Cardio is good for your heart which improves your immune system. Now if you’re already sick then I would definitely hold off on exercising and just concentrate on getting better.

Eating Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

This is something my family and I know of many families have used to fight colds for years, but does it really work? After doing some research it seems like the celery, carrots, onions and chicken stock actually does help. The combination of those 4 items helps the immune system by easing the inflammation caused by the cold virus.

Over the Counter Medicine

Over the Counter Medicine

How many people are like me and go out and buy as much over the counter medicine as possible whenever it gets cold? I would take multisympton medicine all the time and I found out that’s not the way to go. You should take acetaminophen for a fever and a cough suppressant for a cough, instead of a multisymptom cold and flu medication.

How do you protect yourself and your family from the cold and flu? Have you tried any of those things I’ve listed above and if so, did it help out any?

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