Can you avoid the common cold?

The common cold is something we have come to expect a bout of at least once a year, no matter what steps we take. There are now a range of products on the market that are said to help stave off a full-blown episode when those tell-tale symptoms first raise their ugly heads, which are available from places such as Lloyds Pharmacy.

As well as stocking up on cold and flu defence treatments there are also preventative measures that you can take in your daily life. Recent research has suggested that taking moderate exercise can help boost your immune system and fight off illnesses such as colds. Prof Gleeson, of the Society for General Microbiology and the British Society for Immunology, recently told the Telegraph: ”Research shows that those undertaking regular moderate exercise – for example a daily brisk walk –  can reduce their chance of catching a respiratory infection, such as a cold, by up to almost a third.”

If you are unlucky enough to contract a cold, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest is always advisable and if you are suffering from aches and pains – investing in cold tablets or drinks that contain paracetemol can help. If your illness lasts more than a few days it is also worth consulting a doctor, as illnesses such as whooping cough that can initially display the same symptoms as the common cold can be problematic.

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