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It’s that time again when you might start feeling a little scratch in your throat or a fever coming on. Cold and flu season is never fun, especially when you’re the one fighting off sickness. We know how awful it can be to get sick, so we’ve come up with this quick guide to help keep you healthy and happy.
Everyone has had a cold at some point, and the symptoms of a cold are easy to spot. They include:
These symptoms are unpleasant, but most people get over the worst of a cold in just a few days. If you come up against the following additional symptoms, you’re likely dealing with the flu:
Knowing the difference can help you decide if you can ride it out or need to call your doctor.
It’s no secret that prevention is the best medicine. Here are five steps you can take to avoid picking up a cold or flu in the first place.
Washing your hands well is one of the best ways to keep cold and flu viruses at bay, but only if you do it right. The CDC recommends lathering up and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds each time.
Ensure you’re getting adequate nutrition. Your body needs protein, vitamins and minerals to maintain its defenses, so stock up on those veggies and lean meats.
Your body slows down when it’s tired, making it harder to fight off a cold or flu, so get your seven to eight hours of shut-eye each night.
Stress throws off your immune system, so do what you can to relax.
Hydration is crucial for health in general. We’re about 60% water, so staying hydrated is necessary for all functions — including those of your immune system.
If you haven’t managed to avoid getting sick, you’ll want to know how you can minimize your symptoms as you recover. Try these tips:
You can choose from pure saline or one of our packages containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or medications. To achieve swift relief, contact Rocky Mountain IV Medics to get your IV for flu and cold symptoms.