Are you prone to recurrent cold and flu infections? Are repeated bouts of cough taking a toll on your work? Read on more to find out how you can keep cold at bay.
Most of the people get cold at least 2 or 3 times a year, while there are a few who are even more prone to it.
Cold and flu is more common when there are sudden climatic changes, increase in environmental pollution and winter season. Do you fall prey to recurrent cold and flu infections? If yes, you can protect yourself, by taking certain necessary precautions.
General preventive measures are:
1. Be extra careful
You need to be extra careful:
- In winter season
- If you are more prone to recurrent upper respiratory tract infections
- In old age
- If you have an existing disease condition like: diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, HIV etc
- If you are on any medication that lowers your immunity
- Flu virus hits younger children the hardest
- When someone in your family or office is down with flu
For being extra careful, vaccinate against yourself for flu virus, ideally just before the winter season begins. Vaccination will not protect you from catching cold, but it will certainly make your symptoms mild, in case you catch it.
You can also protect yourself by building the immunity that your body needs to fight against the cold and flu attacks. To boost immune system, you can take immune boosting supplements.
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Some of the other preventive measures are:
2. Cover your mouth or nose
Germs of cold and flu are spread through air from person to person. When a person with cough, cold sneezes or coughs, the tiny droplets are spread in the air, and you may acquire them through your nose or mouth. These droplets can spread to around 6 feet, so if possible keep a distance of 6 feet from the infected person.
Similarly you should also maintain hygiene when unwell. Use a handkerchief or a tissue to cover your nose or mouth while sneezing or coughing. This will prevent from spreading the infection.
3. Keep napkins or hand towels separate
Your napkins or hand towels also contain germs. If someone in your house has cold or flu, keep a separate hand towel for others or you can also use paper towels
4. Wash your hands
Flu virus can survive on the hard surfaces like keyboards, handle of you doors etc for up to 8 hours. So be sure to wash your hands, before and after handling food and after coming in contact with a sick person. For best protection, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. When water and soap are not available, you can use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
5. Lifestyle modifications
One should make an effort regularly to practise healthy habits, which will help your body fight against infections and build a strong immune system.
- Eat well balanced diet- that contains fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Get proper rest
- Sleep well
- Regular exercise and maintain healthy weight
- Limit alcohol intake
- Quit smoking
Make a difference this season, follow these healthy habits and keep yourself and your near and dear ones out of reach of cold and flu.