(SunWarrior.com) If you are anything like me, there are few things more frustrating than having a bad cold and the runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and sore throat that go along with it. Although colds can occur at any time of the year, they are particularly prevalent in the winter or rainy seasons. The symptoms typically start about two or three days after you come in contact with the virus, although it can take up to a week. There is no cure for the common cold, but you can treat the symptoms and take precautions. Keep in mind that a cold usually begins with fatigue, a feeling of being chilled, a headache, and sneezing, followed by a runny nose and cough. Symptoms usually clear up in 7-10 days but some can last for up to three weeks. Take the following precautions to reduce your chances of getting sick:
  1. Take a probiotic or eat foods that contain "active cultures." A multi-vitamin is also good to take.
  2. Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
  4. Drink 8 glasses of water per day to help flush out toxins and keep your throat from drying out. If your throat gets dry, the bacteria already in your throat from previous infections can more readily infect you.
  5. Avoid secondhand smoke.
  6. Do not share glasses, utensils, makeup, toothbrushes, hand towels, etc.
  7. Avoid close or prolonged contact with anyone who has a cold. (It is the most contagious during the first 3 days that the person has it.)
  8. Clean your kitchen and bathroom countertops as well as door handles if family members are sick.
  9. Avoid touching your face after touching surfaces in a public area until you wash your hands.
  10. Keep toilet seats closed while flushing. If you don't, the germs can erupt out of the toilet bowel. It can take several hours for these particles to finally settle.
  11. Keep your toothbrush in your medicine cabinet. This is especially important if you are sharing your bathroom with guests or family members.
  12. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially those with vitamin C.


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