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Tips for Preventing Colds and the Flu

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The best cure for a cold is to not get one in the first place. There are a lot of things you can do to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong. This is a guide about preventing colds and flu.
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February 12, 2008

You may ask what this article has to do with finances. Consider the amount of money spent in buying over the counter relief products, money spent at the doctors office, fuel spent going to the doctor and pharmacy, and any loss wages due to being sick in bed, and you will see that the cold or flu can take a bite out of your budget. Many people don't properly fund their medical category in their budget and hope for the best.

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We have all heard the basic common sense ways to avoid a cold, "wash your hands", "cover your mouth when you sneeze", and, if your mom was like my mom, "don't go outside with wet hair", although some medical experts argue against that one. However, there are steps we can take to avoid getting the common cold and flu.

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful
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Plenty of good advice! I'd just like to add that I heard a Dr on TV say that the more Vit C you can have in your bloodstream will help prevent colds. Taking it once you already have a cold doesn't really do anything then.

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February 15, 20080 found this helpful
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A few more suggestions:

Each family member should use a separate towel and washcloth. They need to hang so that they dry between uses. And they should be changed often.

Use paper towels for guests. I know this sounds wasteful. But giving your guest a cold or catching theirs is worth it.

If you have an ice bin, leave a scoop in it so no one handles the cubes while they're filling a glass.

Wash hands before preparing food - not just before eating. And before you put away the clean dishes.
LRS

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October 25, 2016

My tip is more of a bit of advice. Since I am considering approaching certain grocery chain owners about my concerns, I would love feedback on this post.

I just read a post titled 'Always Remember Your Own Pen'. It mentioned that so many germs were found on pens in public places. It seems that most pathogens, cold and flu virus, etc. remain viable outside their preferred environs for longer than previously thought. With that in mind, read on.

In past years, grocery stores prepackaged grapes and sealed the packages. Inevitably, someone would open one package and the customers would sample the grapes before purchasing.

Now, at least at my neighborhood store, all of the packages are left unsealed. Anyone can sample the grapes from any package, and they do. In other words, any package you choose to buy has more than likely had someone's nasty, grubby hands in it.

As with apples and other fruits, you can wash the grapes when you get home. My concern is for the second, third, fourth and fifth customer to eat sample grapes from a bag. The fifth person is exposing themselves to the germs of four other people by sampling but not washing the grapes handled by them.

I think this practice is potentially dangerous and laws should be enacted against it. Transfer of microbes in this manner might cause someone a brief and minor illness. But, it would not be impossible to contract a deadly virus, as well, one that the carrier might not yet know he/she has.

What do you other members think of this practice?

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October 27, 2011

I have not had a cold for 8 years, except for once when I neglected to do this preventive method.

I take 1 Tbsp. of honey mixed with 1 Tbsp. of cider vinegar, each day. No, it doesn't taste good, but it is tolerable, and best of all, I don't get colds! Only once in 8 years have I had a cold. It was the two months I stayed with my daughter and neglected to continue with my home remedy.

I learned about this from a friend, who was a teacher of third grade children, and she never missed work from colds. As you know, teachers are targets for those pesky germs abundant in the classroom. Also years later, this teacher, who always had HER children take this home remedy, had a son that graduated from High School winning an award for never missing ONE day of school from Kindergarten to High School Graduation.

P.S. This teacher's father was a Pediatric Doctor!

By snooks from Lincoln, NE

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October 31, 2011

When I start to get sick, feeling feverish, any kind of sore throat, or just feeling like I am coming down with a cold or the flu, I immediately take 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and two echinacea with golden seal capsules.

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December 2, 20092 found this helpful

With the Swine flu going around so much this year, I try to avoid germs in public places as much as possible. When I go to the grocery or department store, I use the moist towel dispenser and wipe down the cart before I use it.

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October 25, 2011

The most important thing my family does to stay healthy during the winter is to wash our hands with plenty of soap (not anti-bacterial) and hot water. The first thing my children do when they get home from school is wash their hands.

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January 13, 2017

This is flu season. If you have to see your doctor for a check up or because your sick, DO NOT pick up a paper, brochure or especially a magazine! It is the easiest way to pick up an infection or another illness you don't have.

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November 21, 2011

In Canada, we love our coffee and I have spent a lot of time observing customers and staff in various coffee shops. When the coffee is poured, the lid is pressed on with the same hand that just handled your money and everybody else's.

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September 11, 20091 found this helpful

Flu is already in our area. Here are some tips to stay flu free 1. When you are in contact with someone and shake their hand, wash your hands.

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February 10, 2005

Flu, cold, and sinus infection season are upon us. One thing people often forget to do when they've been sick is to get a new toothbrush!

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November 1, 2011

As soon as you feel a cold coming on, try taking the product "Cold-Eze". They are drops that contain Zinc. They can alter the taste of your food for a while, but they really do help.

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November 7, 2004

Interesting information about preventing and curing colds and flu using drops of hydrogen peroxide.

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March 3, 2012

Sanitizing is a good thing. I think we all know that. But I have read so many tips about being sure to wash hands after this, that, or the other and it's getting ridiculous.

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January 20, 20120 found this helpful

Russell Greenfield, M.D. has some handy tips to keep yourself cold and fly free this winter. Be sure to watch the related videos for more information about colds and the flu.

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