It’s cold here in the Midwest. Unfortunately with its wintry assault many fall prey to the common cold and the flu. As I write, I am one of its victims. But I’m fighting back with all I’ve got within me. And to make matters worse my husband has it too. It’s like we’re barking in two-part harmony trying to rid those useless germs from our body. Colds and flu are equal opportunity offenders and will attack even the most ardent efforts on our behalf. Sometimes it just happens and we must deal with it. Here are some tips to hopefully get you through should it visit you.
Dress warmly from head to toe – If you have to be out for work or other obligations be sure to cover up completely, especially if you are in areas where cold and snow are common occurrences in your neck of the woods. Dress in layers.
Wash hands thoroughly – Germs are everywhere. It’s amazing how many end up on our hands from touching things or people. Use a good soap and scrub being sure to wash the nail area too.
Disinfect your house – Use cleaning wipes to clean off door knobs and cabinet handles. Give your bathrooms a good cleaning with special focus on the toileting areas where germs harbor.
Take medication – At the first sign of a sniffle, sneeze or cough-get on top of it. Ignoring it will probably lead to a major cold or flu. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for their best recommendations based on your symptoms.
Drink lots of fluids – Be sure to keep your body amply supplied with lots of water to prevent dehydration.
Eat nutritionally – You may not have much of an appetite but you need good nourishment to avoid becoming weak. It will also give you much needed strength to fight it off.
Get plenty of rest – Getting a good amount of sleep will help in the healing process and make you feel better sooner. When your body is in a weakened state it needs rest to be revived.
Curtail your activities – As quiet as its kept those activities will go on without you or can possibly be postponed to a later date. Continuing to immerse yourself without a break will only lead to setbacks and getting rid of your cold or flu symptoms.
Keep house warm – Turn the temperature up slightly to prevent chills and other lingering problems.
Go to the doctor- If all your attempts to getting better have been unsuccessful see your doctor as soon as possible.
Personal experience and suggestions