Preventing a Cold: January 15, 2017
Scratchy throat, fatigue, even headaches can be early signs of a cold.
Lee Health family medicine resident, Dr. Amanda Danley, says if you feel like you’re getting sick make sure to get plenty of water and plenty of rest. “We’re getting into the season now where colds are everywhere. We tell patients number one wash your hands. The best thing that your body does to fight colds is it beefs up your immune system and makes it stronger. The water really gives your immune system that jump to help your immune system fight off whatever you’re exposed to.”
Extra rest gives your body a chance to reboot, allowing your immune system to catch up and fight what you’ve been exposed to. “The more you can add in the fruits and vegetables to your diet daily the better off your immune system is going to be when the time comes and you are exposed to something,” said Dr. Danley.
Healthy eating nourishes your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function. Doctors also recommend doing what you can each day to eliminate your stress. When your body is stressed, it’s using resources it could be using to keep you healthy. “If you try to keep your body as healthy as you can ahead of time that really gives you the best time of preventing it and shortening the course when you get it,” said Dr. Danley.
Doctors also recommend keeping up with your vaccines and staying away from people who are sick. All can help prevent and shorten a sickness.
Bottom line - if you’re going away for the holidays, don’t leave your safety precautions at home.