Knowing how viruses spread, it is understandable that the best way to prevent catching or spreading the flu or a cold is good hygiene:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use a tissue if you are sneezing or coughing, and then discard the used tissue immediately.
- Clean hard surfaces with a disinfectant.
Since colds and flus are caused by viruses, antibiotics will not help.
There are also lifestyle changes that can help you recover quickly from the flu or a cold:
- Drink plenty of fluids (6 to 8 glasses per day). Try drinking hot fluids to help with nasal and chest congestion.
- Use a humidifier to help ease coughing.
- Get enough rest. Fatigue can increase the duration of symptoms. Staying in bed will also avoid spreading the infection to others.
- Use saline drops or spray to loosen nasal congestion.
- Use non-medicated hard lozenges or candy to soothe a sore throat or cough.
- Gargle with salt water to relieve a sore throat.
- Stop or reduce smoking. People who smoke tend to get colds more often. Their colds also last longer and they cough more frequently.
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