Common Cold 1

Monday, December 30, 2013

A cold can make you miserable. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses the common cold and what we can do to help prevent it.

Dr. Hill:

The common cold is probably the most common illness. In the course of a year, people in the United States suffer 1 billion colds.

The cold virus is spread by secretions when someone coughs or sneezes. You can also catch a cold by touching a surface containing the virus then touching your face.

To prevent catching a cold:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or both

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Limit contact with people who have cold symptoms

If you have a cold, avoid spreading it by covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough

Build up your immune system with adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise.

Take multivitamins that include vitamin C. While there is no evidence that excessive doses of vitamins prevent colds, there is no harm in taking lower doses.

Drink water. Staying well hydrated improves your overall health and resistance to disease, and

Stay warm and dry.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.