How to Avoid Catching a Cold

With the colder months coming up, it’s important to keep your immune system in tip top shape. Here are some tricks to beat catching a cold this winter:

Keep your hands clean. Washing your hands with soap and warm water is always the best practise but when you are out and about, invest in a hand sanitizer that you can bring with you in your purse or at least your vehicle. This way, when you are out in the community, you can be at peace of mind that you have some way of sanitizing your hands after you have been in public.

Do not touch your face with your hands. This is a good way to prevent germs from getting into your eyes and mouth. Make sure to get your flu shot with your doctor or local pharmacy. They are free and you can usually just walk into the pharmacy without an appointment.

If you know someone has a cold, it’s best to avoid seeing them or being in their home for a while to prevent you from contact with their germs. If you do need to be in close quarters with them, you can wear a mask to prevent the inhalation of any airborne particles if they cough. If you are inviting people into your own home, you can always ask people to stay home if they are not feeling well. It is always good practice to wipe down any surfaces they have touched once they leave just in case!

Keeping your own immune system healthy is a great way to prevent catching a cold. Make sure you are eating healthy, getting enough sleep and staying fit. Also make sure you are well hydrated! These will help your body fight off some of those cold germs that get into your system.