Expert Advice for Common Cold

By Refadoc, Posted on : Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - 5:01 am IST

In order to write for her new book on common colds, the writer Jennifer Ackerman offered her nose for some random experimentation. She allowed herself to be sprayed with Rhinovirus, one of the 200 plus viruses across the world which are known to cause common cold. She also interviewed some of the topmost cold researchers across the country and gained some very useful insights into the virus causing common cold amongst humans.

Here are some of the major tips about colds that you should be aware of:

One of the most common misconceptions about cold is that everyone thinks that if you get a cold, your immune system is either weak or is run down. However, the symptoms for common cold are caused when your immune system starts reacting to the viruses. Therefore people with an active immune system are more prone towards contracting cold as compared to their counterparts.

Suffering from Prudent Paranoia of contracting the virus is even worse than actually suffering from the condition. Do not worry about touching the ATM or any other surfaces. However, if you just shook your hands with a person suffering from cold, make sure that you wash them well. Kids should always be carrying hand sanitizer with them during sports class. Hands are one of the most common conveyors of the virus and are the biggest portals for the entry of the viruses via your nose and eyes. Therefore, try keeping your hands off your face, though we all suffer from a gross habit of touching our face for more than 200-600 times in a day.

It is perfectly all right to go out with wet hair – it won’t make you catch a cold. However, sleep deprivation as well as chronic stress on the other hand can make you more susceptible towards catching cold! 

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