Full Of The Cold?

woman with cold holding head over bowl

As the weather changes, it becomes very easy to catch a bit of a cold. So here’s our top prevention and coping tips!

  1. Make sure you have your flu vaccination and remember to do it early, as it takes 10 to 14 days to build up adequate immunity.
  2. Prevention is always better than cure. That means regular hand washing and keeping surfaces in the home nice and clean.
  3. When you are ill, you can protect others by using a tissue to catch your coughs and sneezes, and binning them right away.
  4. Remember that your local pharmacist can give you advice and over-the-counter medicine. A doctor will not give you antibiotics for a cold.
  5. Try steam inhalations if you’re feeling all blocked up. Gargling with salt water can help a sore throat and nasal congestion.
  6. If you can, go to bed. Rest and lots of sleep will help your body to fight the infection and will counter the deep fatigue you’ll feel.

From “The People’s Friend” team, this is Alison’s favourite health bite this week.

Hannah McLaren

I've worked at DC Thomson for six years! I began as an intern at My Weekly and The Scots Magazine, which was extended by a few months to help out at The People's Friend. I then covered maternity as Celebrity Editor for My Weekly, before I became Multimedia Journalist at The Scots Magazine. Currently I'm writing digital content across each title.