- Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after using the restroom. It is a timeless tip but may help to prevent you from spreading germs or catching someone else’s.
- Dress appropriately: Be sure to wear a hat, gloves and a scarf if necessary to protect you on devastatingly windy days. Wear layers! Keeping warm can make a huge difference in how you feel, especially if you are outside for extended periods of time.
- Make sure you get enough sleep! Aim for around 8 hours of sleep per night. Your body heals itself while you sleep, and if you get adequate amounts of sleep each night, it may speed up the recovery process from a cold or the flu.
- Get your flu shot yearly. Our pharmacists can recommend which vaccine is the most appropriate for you based on your age and other factors.
- Sore throat? Try a soothing over-the-counter cough drop containing menthol or benzocaine. These may help relieve irritation from coughing or from post-nasal drip. In addition to the cough drop, make sure that you stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. This is an effective way of loosening mucus and can help relieve irritating symptoms. Be sure to see your doctor if you have a severe sore throat or if you have symptoms like fever, chills or malaise in addition to sore throat.
- Stuffy nose? Before reaching for a decongestant containing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®), first try a saline nasal spray. These can help provide relief to a stuffed up, dry sinus, and may be safer for many patients who are unable to or wish not to take pseudoephedrine. Alternatively, try using a Neti Pot (nasal irrigation) to help clear out sinuses. Be sure to use distilled water, not tap water.
How have you been feeling this season thus far?