Avoid getting sick and get better faster this cold and flu season.
The time has arrived for sniffles, coughs, colds and the flu. While it seems like getting sick is inevitable, there are ways to avoid getting sick and ways to get better faster if germs get the best of you. Try these tips for surviving cold and flu season:
Wash your hands well.
It seems obvious, but handwashing is the best defense against getting sick. Learn how to wash your hands properly and wash them often using soapy water. Bring hand sanitizer with you when you know you won’t be able to access running water and soap. Wash before you eat and avoid touching your face or eyes.
Get sleep, eat healthy food and exercise regularly.
Keeping your body sound will help your immune system stay tough. You’ll avoid getting sick and you’ll get better faster if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water every day and eat a well-balanced diet. If you’re experiencing stress, do what you can to manage it. Working out is a great way to keep your body strong.
Visit your doctor when you’re sick and get your flu shot.
Let your medical care provider assist you in the fight against the flu and the common cold. If you get sick, you probably don’t need antibiotics, but you’re better off getting checked out. High fevers and illnesses that last more than a few days are always a good reason to visit your doctor.
Treat symptoms as they arise.
In addition to taking a multivitamin during cold and flu season, you should treat symptoms as they arise. Avoid taking a medication that treats symptoms you’re not currently experiencing. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice if you’re not sure what to take to feel better. Even if medications are helping, never go to work sick or send your kids to school sick.
Arm yourself with knowledge as you fight cold and flu germs. Visit our online health library to learn more about fitness. You can also call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120 to ask any questions or to request a physician referral.