With a change in weather, we tend to see a rise in spring colds. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year and children have even more.
Starting with a sore throat, combined with a runny nose are often the first signs of a cold. Then coughing and sneezing. Individuals generally recover in seven to ten days, however people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia.
You can take a few simple steps to reduce getting a cold, including:
- Wash your hands! And wash them often. Washing with soap and water for 20 seconds can help you prevent getting sick, and if you are already sick, can prevent the spread of the virus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands – many times viruses enter the body this way and will make you sick
- Stay away from those around you who are sick. If you have even the slightest decrease if your immune system, being around someone that is sick can increase your chances of getting sick
Talk to your doctor about more ways to keep yourself healthy.