6 Tips to Stay Healthy during Cold & Flu Season
Aug 15, 2013 - 11:44:39 AM
"With over 200 different viruses that can cause cold and flu symptoms, it's crucial to be prepared and take preventative measures," says Dr. Pritikin. "Many times, the viruses are spread from person to person through tiny droplets of mucus that enter the air from the mouth or nasal passages of the infected and are inhaled by others or through touching surfaces that have been contaminated. Something as simple as sharing a telephone or water bottle with someone who is sick can lead to illness."
While it is impossible to completely prevent illness related to cold and flu viruses, Dr. Pritikin recommends the following six steps to reduce the chances of becoming infected:
- Wash Hands Often: According to Dr. Pritikin, this is probably the single best measure to prevent transmission of colds. Frequent hand washing can destroy viruses that you have acquired from touching surfaces used by other people.
- Don't Share: Whether it's a water bottle, utensil, straw or cup, refrain from sharing with other people during cold and flu season, especially if the other person is sick.
- Don't Smoke: Cigarette smoke impairs the self-cleaning mechanisims of the nose and lungs and increases susceptibility to cold and other infections. "Even exposure to second-hand smoke can make you - or your children - more vulnerable to colds," continues Dr. Pritikin.
- Respond Quickly: At the first sign of a cold or upper respiratory tract infection, begin taking NSAIDs and decongestants.
- Eat Some Soup: Research has shown that chicken soup really does speed up recovery from colds. Hot soup helps break up congestion and eases the flow of nasal secretions. Chicken soup also inhibits the inflammatory response that causes throat pain.
- Boost Immunity: Maintaining a vitamin regimen can help reduce the odds of getting a cold. Dr. Pritikin recommends taking vitamin C and vitamin D for optimal immune functioning.
About Dr. Jordan Pritikin
Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of theAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College inChicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit http://www.
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