As a society, we’re always looking for ways to treat cold and flu symptoms, especially when we feel like we keep getting colds every 2 weeks. Here you’ll find pointers for common cold prevention to keep you from catching the virus again once you start feeling better, and stop the cycle.
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Why do I keep getting colds?
If you feel like you are constantly getting colds there could be a number of factors causing the virus to return. There are two reasons a cold could spread to you after you thought you had gotten rid of it.
- If people around you are ill, and not taking the right precautions such as washing their hands and cleaning surfaces they touch before you touch them; this could cause you to pick up the germs and fall ill too.
- Rest allows your body’s natural defences to do their work; if you don’t rest you could cause a virus to get the better of you over and over again. Treating the symptoms could make you feel better, whilst the virus is still making you ill.
Top tips for how to prevent a cold from spreading
If you find yourself saying ‘I keep getting colds!’, there are five steps you can take to prevent germs from spreading and making you constantly ill. These are:
- Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
- Use antibacterial soap and hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean and germ-free.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue to avoid getting germs on your hand.
- Don’t go out if you’re unwell to prevent other people from catching the germs you are carrying.
- If possible, use a separate toilet from the rest of your household. If you only have one bathroom, make sure you clean it with good germ-busting products like Domestos Thick Bleach and Domestos Multipurpose Bleach Spray every time you’ve been to the loo (or at least once a day while you’re ill).
Top tips for cold prevention
Prevention is better than cure, so be sure to follow these tips:
- Eat plenty of protein as it is an immune system building block.
- Clean surfaces you come into contact with regularly, such as kitchen surfaces and computer desks using a good household cleaner like Cif Power & Shine Antibacterial Spray or Cif Multipurpose Spray. even if they look clean, as bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.
- Avoid touching public surfaces touched regularly by other people such as stair banisters.
- Wash your hands regularly, especially if you come into contact with anyone who is ill.
- Keep your bathroom and surfaces such as door handles and kitchen worktops regularly clean with the help of bleach-based products such as Domestos.
- Try not to touch your face. Rubbing your eyes, mouth and nose can pass any bacteria on your hands straight into your system.
Now that you know how to prevent a cold, you can be sure to stop the cycle of always getting colds. Not only will you guarantee that you and your home are germ-free and healthy, so that you don’t catch another cold, but also help prevent the spread of the virus to other people.