Summer colds are far from fun. Rather than letting them get you down, here are a few ways family practice doctors say you can fight these illnesses off, so that you can get back out to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Take Some Medicine
Sure, there’s no cure for the common cold, but there are tons of cold medicines out there that can help relieve your illness’s symptoms. Just be sure to take the recommended dosage of cough syrup, fever reducers, and/or nasal decongestant. These are readily available in your local grocery store, drug store, or supermarket. You’d also be wise to pay attention to the ingredient lists, since most generic medicines contain the exact same stuff as the name brand medicines.
Take It Easy
Your mom was right. When you’re sick, you need to take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids, and get lots of rest. Although the fluids won’t necessarily flush the illness from your system, they will help prevent dehydration, and ensure that your body is doing its best to fight off the sickness. Plus, you also need lots of rest to recover from a virus.
Take a Break From Drinking
Alcohol — the number one drug issue in the nation — can prevent you from recovering as fast as possible. Drinking problems are serious, and need to be avoided when sick. More than 10% of U.S. children live with a parent who has an alcohol problem, and about 53% of adults in the U.S. have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. Excessive drinking can damage the body, and even light to moderate drinking can hamper the body’s ability to fight off an illness, so you’d be wise to take a break from the drinking when you’re sick.
Take Some Hand Sanitizer With You When You Go Out
If you can’t wash your hands, make sure you sanitize them with hand sanitizer. Germs spread from one person to another typically via their hands, whether it’s directly or indirectly. The best way to contain the spread of germs, which may come back to bite you, is to wash your hands. If you’re somewhere where you’re unable to wash your hands when you need to — like a meeting, for example — then you can use hand sanitizer.
No one wants to be sick in the summer, so just take some medicine, take it easy, and take some hand sanitizer with you wherever you go. If you have any questions about beating summertime illnesses, feel free to share in the comments.