Health

How to prevent common cold and flu

- May 27, 2019


The common cold and flu are caused by viruses. The symptoms for flu are similar in nature. They include fever, headache and muscle soreness. Before you use any of the over the counter medication, see a doctor to give you a prescription.

Below are methods you can use to prevent yourself from getting a common cold and flu.


Take fruits rich in vitamin C and maintain a healthy lifestyle

Lemon is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that could be useful for treating colds.  Taking lemons and oranges can help you reduce the risk of a cold occurring in the first place. Exercising regularly and getting enough sleep can also help in maintaining a strong immune system.


Wash your hands often

Make sure to wash hands after sneezing or coughing, and before handling food. Use soap or alcohol-based sanitiser to clean your hands. 

Washing your hands frequently helps prevent the spread of infection as you might have touched a surface with the virus.


Ensure household surfaces are clean

Doing a thorough cleaning is important to ensure that your house is germ-free. Some viruses are known to stay on the surface for several hours after being touched by an infected person. Use disinfectant to clean surfaces, door nobs, water taps or any surface likely to be touched by an infected person.


Avoid Stress

The stress hormone cortisol may play an intricate role in why high levels of stress have such a detrimental impact on your immune system. A weak immune system will expose you to a common cold virus. 

Avoiding stress or anything that will trigger your stress can help you stay healthy thus reducing the likelihood of catching the common cold virus.




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