It may be cold and miserable outside, but winter doesn't have to be a miserable time for your families health and wellness, this year is the year to take control of your health and fight the winter blues.
When you catch the common cold it's generally the result of a viral infection within the nose and throat. But as you well know the common cold doesn't just affect our noses and throats, with it comes a barrage of symptoms including a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, headache, mild fever and a general feeling of being unwell.
But how do you catch a cold? Well the virus that causes you to catch a cold are spread both in airborne droplets and through touch. Someone with a cold may be carrying the virus on their hands after touching their face, nose or mouth for example, and then this virus can then be transmitted to another person through touch. The carrier of the virus becomes 'contagious' which means they can pass it on to others a day or two before their symptoms actually appear, so even if you're not showing the signs of a cold, you may still be contagious. And even after your cold symptoms have disappeared you may still transmit traces of your virus up to 3 or 4 days after these symptoms have cleared.
So now your know just how prevalent the common cold it's time to start thinking about how you can avoid catching a cold in the first place. Firstly, try avoiding people who have colds, keep rooms well aired with fresh air and regularly washing your hands after you've had contact with anyone who has a cold to ensure you've reduced the traces of the virus. These measured should help reduce your changes of catching the common cold.
Unfortunately, there is bad news, if you catch a cold there is no cure. However, there is good news, there are remedies to make your cold more bearable. Our online health pharmacy has a wide range of cold and flu remedies including cough mixtures, decongestants, nasal sprays and sore throat relief to name a few. Most of these will work towards reducing specific symptoms and many contain painkillers that relive aches, pains, sore throats and headaches or decongestant ingredients that will reduce inflammation.
The common cold can make you feel unwell, tired and miserable, so it's important that you take good care of yourself throughout the winter months and eat healthy, get plenty of exercise and rest. It's also worth making sure you stock up on cold and flu remedies because as we mentioned before, the common cold is very widespread in the winter months so it's better to be prepared.
If you would like further advice about cold and flu prevention and relief, consult your online health pharmacy today!