All of us are aware of the colf and flu season. Some have already fallen victim to one or the other or both. As a health professional I wanted to give some tips...old and new...that you might find helpful:
1. Wash hands with warm soap and water and not so much with the drying alcohol based hand sanitizers. Antibacterial liquid soap does well and often has more moisturizing qualities.
2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the bend of your elbow.
3. Discard used tissues asap.
4. Be sure to keep things you come into contact with your hands and face clean or wash hands more frequently.
5. Give a quick spray to computer keyboards, light switches, faucets, toilet flush handles, etc.with Lysol or other similar germ fighting agent and spray the air.
6. The cold and flu often are of the upper respiratory infection kind of germs. Swap out or sterilize your toothbrush instead of just putting something back into your mouth that probably contains the breeding germs. The same is true of your pillow case and/or blanket that you wrap up into for comfort.
7. Drink lots of fluids even if taste is absent. Try to eat frequent and light staying away from dairy, that can quickly cause more phlem or nauseousness. Keep liquids clear and light by sipping them, not gulping them. Add food gradually if your stomach or intestines have been irritated.
8. Use your pain relievers and over the counter medicines as they are meant to be used. The same with prescriptions.
9. Rest, rest, rest.
10. Reduce stress during the time of being ill, it will only aggravate your nerves and condition. Seek professional help and follow it.