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Preventing a Cold
By Michael S. Rowe, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.I.

The number one way to prevent catching a cold is to wash your hands!

Additionally, getting more than your usual amount of rest helps to reserve your energy to fight the virus.

Plus, encourage your sick coworkers to stay home for their good health and yours.

In proper hand washing, scrub with soap, including the back of your hands and between your fingers.  Air dry or use a disposable towel.  Take care to minimize contact with commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, communal keyboards and computer mice.  When touching these surfaces is unavoidable, try not to touch your face until you have washed or disinfected your hands.

Drink more than your usual amount of fluids. Keeping your body hydrated improves your body’s ability to fight infections.  Adequate fluid intake helps to maintain the normal mucous flow needed to flush away potentially infectious organisms.  

Getting more rest than usual helps to reserve extra energy needed to prevent infections.  Minimize your emotional stress to avoid weakening immune responses needed to fight off infections.  Relaxation techniques can possibly help to boost immune system responses.

Avoid or cut back smoking and alcohol intake to limit their drying effect on your respiratory mucous, limiting the local defenses against infection.

Although symptoms from colds are not usually serious, they may be associated with significant complications including sinus and ear infections and exacerbations of asthma.

When troubled by these symptoms, see us for relief and feel better soon! 

  Call our office at 248-473-6400!  Family members and friends are welcome.

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