How can I avoid getting a cold?

When weather is changing and it is getting dark out sooner, be prepared to come in contact with people with colds.  We all know the symptoms…

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and sinus blockage
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

Since I was a kid, my mom always said “button up or you will catch a cold” or “don’t go outside with your hair wet, you will catch a cold”.  So, what causes a cold?

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of cold viruses do not spread through the air and seldom are transmitted from airborne particles expelled when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes. Though you want to be prepared and protect yourself here are the most common reasons why people “catch a cold.”

  • Hand-to-hand contact is the most common reason for spreading a cold.  Touching objects at work, kids playing with other kids toys or books, going to public areas and touching items other people have touched that have have the cold are pretty easy ways to spread a cold.   It is also pretty easy to catch when a cold sufferer rubs his or her nose and then, shakes hands with someone who, in turn, touches his or her own nose or eyes.
  • Touching doorknobs and other hard surfaces, such as subway handrails, grocery carts, office telephones, and computer keyboards transport the cold virus.

So, now that you know the real transmission of a cold, you are better prepared to combat it!  Wash your hands after touching anything that is communal and this should help.  Also, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D which heightens the immune system.