Rest, fluids, hygiene key to fighting illness

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Getting vaccinated is a good way to prevent getting the flu.

It’s also important to wash our hands regularly and cover our coughs and sneezes, as well as staying home when ill.

But when we feel the symptoms of a cold coming on, whether it starts with a sore throat, a runny nose or a headache, it’s just as important to get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids and continue to wash our hands as much as we need. That way, we can hopefully either nip a cold in the bud or at least alleviate symptoms to shorten the length of the virus.

Getting a cold or the flu is never fun. We’d all be much happier if no one ever got sick. That isn’t realistic though.

There are many remedies we can use to help get rid of that cold.

According to an article on the Health Magazine website, called “Stop a Cold in Its Tracks,” the average adult will get three colds per year with each lasting approximately nine days.

It also provided a number of tips to keep in mind. First, as soon as symptoms appear, such as a sore throat and stuffy nose, drink lots of water or juice.

After all, staying hydrated is the best way to help keep a body happy. Another option is to gargle with a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water.

But if we feel our nose plugging up, blow the nose and take a hot shower. The article said studies have suggested it helps reduce the symptoms.

There are other options as well, including medications or drinking honey. Light exercise such as yoga is also known to boost the immune system, but don’t push it too hard if we’re not feeling quite right.

However, what’s most important for us to remember is to skip work or school if we don’t feel well. Being well rested is the best way for the body to fight and eliminate the virus.

Failing that, avoid co-workers for the first couple of days.

“The first few days of a cold is when you’re most contagious,” the article said. “To keep from sharing your germs, wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based disinfectant gel.”

The same logic applies to kids at school or daycares.

No one wants to get sick. Getting the flu shot is a great and effective way to help prevent catching anything.

However, if or when a virus decides to strike, the best we can do is follow the steps to get rid of it or minimize its effects, as well as avoid spreading it to others.

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