In a given year, people sniffle, sneeze, and cough their way through more than a billion colds, with most occurring during the winter or rainy seasons. Adults tend to catch 2 to 4 colds per year, whereas young children catch 6 to 8 per year. As yet, there is no vaccination or other means of completely immunizing oneself against the common cold, but there are ways to reduce the chances of catching the malady and to lessen the severity of its symptoms.
Here are few tips to avoid catching cold :
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, which are the most common entry points for a cold.
- Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water or have hand sanitizer on you at all times.
- Wear gloves. This will help you avoid touching germ ridden surfaces throughout the day.
- Regularly wipe clean objects around the home and in your work space that are touched frequently such as door knobs, keyboard etc.
- Get a lot of sleep. Studies show that people who are healthy sleepers are far less likely to catch a cold.
- Avoid being in close proximity with a sick person, stay at least 10-15 feet away.
- Eat to boost your immunity. Avoid sugary foods and have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange, yellow and deep green produce.
- Gargle with salt water throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly which keeps you immune system strong.
- Meditate, relax and be happy. Stress is not good for your immune system.
- If you are sharing space with a sick person. Be sure to use separate towels, as cold causing germs can still linger on the surface.
- Drink a lot of water. You should be doing this anyway, and this helps regularly flush impurities out of your system.