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Meet The Enemy Rhinovirus

Description:

A group of over 100 related viruses that cause the Common Cold

Symptoms:

May include runny nose, sore throat, cough, congestion, slight body aches and fatigue, mild headache, sneezing, watery eyes, low-grade fever

Prevention:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap & warm water
  • Keep hand sanitizer handy and use if soap isn't available
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Throw away tissues immediately after use
  • No tissue? Then cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, preferably water
  • Start each day with a nutritious breakfast
  • Exercise on a regular basis

Treatment:

Sadly, there's still no cure for the common cold. While rest and fluids help, antibiotics don't work on cold viruses. Over-the-counter medications may help symptoms but won't make the cold go away sooner. Plus they may have side effects. If you use an OTC product, read the label carefully and follow directions exactly.

"I seem to catch 2 or 3 colds every year. Why is that? Is there anything I can do about it?"

Unfortunately, your experience is pretty normal. Research shows most people average 2.5 colds per year. Here's the problem: there are over 100 variations of the rhinovirus that causes the colds. When you catch that first cold of the year, you become immune to that virus. But that leaves 99 other variants still capable of making you sick.

The good news: you can significantly reduce your chances of catching a cold (or colds) by practicing effective prevention measures. In fact, by consistently following the Wash, Wipe, Sanitize protocol and other tips, you can reduce your chance of catching a cold by as much as 80%.

—Dr. Kelly Arehart

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