HOW TO AVOID COLDS?
Simple measures can prevent contamination by the cold virus:
- Avoid switching from heat to cold: switching from hot to cold conditions may weaken the body’s defenses. Wrap up when you go out and avoid overheating rooms.
- Don’t stay in overheated atmospheres as heat irritates the respiratory mucosa. Do not exceed a temperature of 20°C.
- Avoid frequented areas as viruses proliferate there.
- Air rooms regularly to prevent viruses remaining in the air.
- Wash your hands with soap, several times per day.
- Try to avoid kissing or shaking the hand of someone with a cold.
- Avoid smoking or smoke-filled rooms.
HOW TO GET THROUGH A COLD?
- With constant blowing, the nasal mucosa becomes dry, and it needs humidifying with sea water solutions for example.
- To ensure you sleep well, raise the pillow to improve air flow in the nostrils, which are often blocked.
- Air rooms regularly.
- Hydrate your lips and around your nose with a suitable cream (repeated blowing irritates the skin).
- Avoid air-conditioning, the ideal room temperature is 18-20°C.
- Get enough sleep as rest is a good cold remedy.
HYGIENE RULES FOR MINIMISING CONTAMINATION:
- Wash your hands regularly, notably before meals or when preparing them.
- Cover your mouth when you cough.
- Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately after use, before washing your hands.
Source : ANSM