Preventing Illness During Cold and Flu Season

Nov 10 2014 - 1:14pm
Flu and Cold with Fever

Flu season is in full swing. It hits hard and fast causing body aches, fever, cough and congestion right off the bat. If you do get the flu, there are antiviral medications available that will make you feel better faster and also prevent you from spreading it to others. But they must be given no later than 48 hours after the onset of symptoms so call your doctor right away.

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While you may get better a few days sooner with anti-viral medication, you won’t escape several days of illness.

Adults get 2-4 colds every year and even more for children, mostly between September and May. It’s called the common cold for a reason! Many people think a cold lasts 3-4 days but actually it lasts on average 9 days! They can be very debilitating.

So, we need to take measures not only to prevent cold and flu but also to treat them. Having the best remedies makes a big difference in your comfort. Here are my tips for getting relief!

• Get plenty of rest.
• Use a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms, and legs to reduce discomfort associated with a fever.
• Put a humidifier in your room to make breathing easier.
• Gargle with salt water to soothe a sore throat.
• Cover up with a warm blanket to calm chills
• At the first sign of a cold take Cold-Eeze cold remedy. They are clinically proven to shorten the duration of your cold by almost half. Cold-Eeze zinc ions released in your mouth, inhibit the cold virus from replicating, shortening your cold.

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Drink lots of fluids
Water, juice, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages or warm lemon water are all good choices. They help prevent dehydration, loosen up mucus and replace fluids lost from mucus production or fever.

Increase your intake of Vitamin C
Studies have found that taking Vitamin C preventatively did seem to help prevent colds in people who were doing vigorous exercise in extreme environments. And taking vitamin C at the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms.

Consider echinacea supplements
]Some studies have shown a significant reduction in the severity and duration of cold symptoms when echinacea was taken in the early stages of a cold.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine
They can cause dehydration which can aggravate your symptoms.

Try chicken soup
Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children's mouths. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does seem to help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils which are immune system cells that help the body's response to inflammation. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the time viruses are in contact with the nasal lining.

For congestion and runny nose use a saline spray
Most people pass it over for decongestant pills that have pseudoephedrine as an active ingredient, but these pills can have significant side effects like increased blood pressure, jitteriness and insomnia. Saline on the other hand has no side effects. Look for one containing purified water and sodium chloride- this is the purest version with no additives. Saline spray works by drying you out and in addition it flushes out germs and mucous and kills germs.

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