Health & Wellness during winter season


Health & Wellness during winter season


Mostly people get cold in the winter and spring, but it is possible to get a cold at any time of the year. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches etc. During this period most people recover within about 7-10 days. However, people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia.

Many different viruses can cause the common cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common. Viruses that cause cold can spread from infected people to others through the air and close personal contact. You can also get infected through contact with stool or respiratory secretions from an infected person. This can happen when you shake hands with someone who has a cold, or touch a doorknob that has viruses on it, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.

Top tips to protect yourself from Cold:

  1. Always wash your hands often with soap and water. Scrub them for at least 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses live on your hands, and regular hand washing can help protect you from getting sick.
  2. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick.
  3. Stay away from people who are sick. Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold through close contact with others.

If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to prevent viruses from spreading to other people:

How to Feel Better

Truly speaking there is no medicine for a cold. To feel better during cold, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily.

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