MinuteClinic on Health: How Can I Avoid Catching a Cold?





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Published on Dec 17, 2009

We've all gotten colds. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help protect yourself

What you should know:
•The cold virus is transmitted through nose, mouth, and eyes
•Wash your hands on a regular basis
•Staying hydrated prevents catching a cold

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Hi, I'm Carmen Davailus and I'm a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner. One time or another, we've all gotten a cold. Luckily, there are a few things you can do on a daily basis to help protect you from catching a cold.
First, always keep your fingers away from your nose and eyes. A cold virus can make you sick if it can find its way through your eyes, nose, or mouth. You'll often feel that characteristic, scratchy tickle in the back of your throat when a cold is just getting started.
Make a habit of washing your hands often and thoroughly, especially during cold season or when you're around people who are sneezing and coughing. It's also a good idea after you get off a crowded bus, touch a stair rail, or talk on a public phone.
Another thing you can to do to help prevent a cold is drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is one of your body's best natural defenses against the cold virus, by keeping the mucus membranes that make up your nasal passages moist.
So keeping these simple tips in mind could prevent that cold from striking at the worst possible time. As it always does. If you have any questions, talk to your MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or CVS pharmacist. We're here to help.

Source: CVS Caremark Health Resources

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