How to Prevent Catching the Common Cold

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The common cold may come from several different types of viruses.  The sheer number of different strains and types of viruses that cause colds make them difficult to control and prevent.  Because of these difficulties, despite current medical advances there is not a cure for the common cold.

However an aggressive approach at prevention can minimize the frequency and the effects of acquiring the common cold.  Below is a list of tips and advice on how to protect yourself and others from acquiring and spreading the common cold.

  • Avoid placing your hands near your face(eyes, nose, mouth) without washing them first, especially if you shake hands often, contact shared objects or are in the height of the cold season. Keep your dirty fingers out of your nose, you don’t want to spread viruses around in there.
  • Use ethyl alcohol wipes to clean shared equipment, and your hands – especially at your work place (ethyl alcohol kills unencapsulated viruses, which isopropyl alcohol does not).
  • Avoid excessive use of mucous creating foods such as sugars, white flour, dairy products, and salt
  • Use tissues to clean up a runny nose
  • Use hand sanitizers to avoid trasmitting the viruses
  • When you cough or sneeze, turn from others and foods, sneeze into your arm sleeve, to avoid putting viruses into the air or on your hands.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetable in your diet. 
  • Avoid use of alcohol, drugs and other mind/ body altering substances.

When the first feelings of a cold appear

Continue using the tips above and…

  • Take high doses of Vitamin C (some natural vitamin c: oranges, suppliments)
  • Taking zinc within the first 24 hours of a cold may shorten its cycle by preventing viral activity, several Over the Counter (OTC) preparations are available.
  • Get Plenty of rest
  • Take Immune System stimulating herbs such as Cayenne, Garlic, Echinacea
  • Chicken Soup

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