Getting a cold is the worst. Here are a 10 ways to reduce your cold and possibly avoid it completely. 

I have been so sick this year it has gotten ridiculous. I think I may have had a cold more days so far this year than I have had healthy days. Because of this I am now on the offense trying to reduce my chances of getting another cold or spreading around the colds we already have.

Ways to Avoid and Reduce a Cold

1. Avoid Sick People – It is always a good idea to avoid people that are sick, but sometimes it is hard to tell if someone is that sick or not. Plus, when the sick people live in your house they are hard to avoid.

2. Cover your Cough – Cough into your sleeve, not your hands or better yet cough into an antiviral tissue by Kleenex.

3. Use Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues – These tissues kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* The active ingredients in the middle layer disrupt the viruses’ protective coating and kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes

4. Disinfect Surfaces – When people are sick, there are germs going everywhere. Use some sort of disinfectant and clean counters, door handles, purses, wallets, keys, and phones. Basically any item you touch a lot should be disinfected.

5. Wash Hands Frequently – It is always important to wash your hands, but it is even more important to do this during any cold and flu season. In fact, you should wash your hands more often than you usually do.

6. Do Not Share Food – Now you may be thinking that you do not share food, but what if you do without realizing. For example chips and salsa. Instead of sharing a bowl of salsa, ask for a separate bowl.

7. Drink Water – It never hurts to be well hydrated.

8. Do Not Touch Your Face – Keep germs away be not touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. I know this is hard to do, but just being conscientious about it will help reduce the times you do this.

9. Eat Healthy Foods – Boost your immunity system with some immune boosting foods like citrus fruits, almonds, papaya, kiwi, yogurt, spinach, ginger, garlic, broccoli, green tea, and red bell peppers.

10. Zinc – Start taking zinc pills at the first signs of a cold. Zinc helps your body fight off a cold.

Hopefully these tips help you stay healthier and this cold season will be going better for you than it is for me.10 Ways to avoid and reduce a cold

*Disclaimer: *In the tissue in 15 minutes.  Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV – the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).