The Common Cold Prevention

The best way to fight a cold is to avoid getting one in the first place! However, due to the fact that the common cold is the number one infectious disease in the United States, keeping yourself cold-free is no easy task, especially if you have children.

Understanding the Common Cold

In order to avoid the common cold, it is necessary to first understand how it is spread. The majority of colds are caused by rhinoviruses. These viruses can be transferred from one person to another in a number of ways. For instance, an infected person can transmit the common cold by sneezing or coughing into the air. When a healthy person breathes in the air, he can become infected.

People with the common cold can also transmit the virus when their saliva, mucous, etc., comes into contact with objects, which a healthy person can then touch.

Protecting Against Colds

You can take a few important steps to protect yourself from getting a cold. For instance, people can protect themselves by washing their hands frequently, especially after blowing their noses. Also, you should always cover your nose when you sneeze and your mouth when you cough.

Taking supplements can also boost your immune system and help you battle the common cold. Some researchers believe taking extra zinc, vitamin C and natural medicines can help your body fight against colds. It is important to note, however, that taking too much of some supplements can have negative side effects. Talk to your doctor before you start taking any supplements.

In this section, we’ll outline a number of things you can do to help protect you and your family from the common cold. We’ll discuss personal hygiene and also list supplements you can take to boost your immune system.

Clean Hands

To prevent yourself from contracting the cold, it is important for you to wash your hands frequently, especially after visiting a public restroom. By washing your hands, you can remove cold viruses from both your hands and your fingers. However, in order for hand washing to really clean hands, you must follow the proper hand-washing procedures.

Support Your Immune System

To keep your body healthy and able to fight against viruses, it is important to keep your immune system strong. Luckily, there are a number of supplements, vitamins and natural medicines readily available to help boost your immune system.

If you’re looking for ways to support your immune system, try the following:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Take a multivitamin.

Reducing stress is another great way to support your immune system.

Get Enough Sleep

If you’re not getting an adequate amount of sleep, you could be putting yourself at risk for catching the common cold. To keep your body at its cold-fighting best, try hard to get enough sleep, preferably seven to nine hours each night.

Resources

Dowshen, Steve (November 2004). Common Cold. Retrieved October 25, 2007, from the Kids Health Web site: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/infections/common/cold.html.