You know that sneeze or cough that immediately triggers you to to think, “I’m getting sick.” Yes, that one. It scares the bejeezus out of me. I really hate being sick. I feel even worse when my little one gets sick. Un resfriado o catarro (a cold or cough) slows us down. We lose focus at work, maybe even miss a day of work or school. We simply can’t afford to get sick. This is why I avoid the cold and cough season with these very simple consejitos (tips).
But first, I have a pregunta (question) for you. Can you really avoid catching a cold?
Don’t worry, I did the research and the answer is YES! Claro que si!
Here are 5 easy tips to help prevent you and your family from catching a cough or cold this season.
Get in the daily habit of disinfecting those things in your home or office that have a lot of contact with your hands. For example, your phone, the doorknobs, your computer, the refrigerator handle, faucets, the remote control. You get the idea, right? Wipe those nasty germs away!
Wash your hands often. I remember when my daughter was a newborn, I would wash my hands like every 2 seconds! That sounds crazy but I knew that my hands carry a lot of germs and bacteria. I wash my hands after grocery shopping, or travelling on the subway, or even after a couple of hours. Believe it or not, this prevents you from catching a nasty little cold.
This is a hard one to teach the little ones. My daughter’s hands are always on everything, including her face. Try to keep your fingers away from your eyes and nose to help prevent the spread of germs.
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Avoid close contact with people who have a cold, especially during the first few days when symptoms appear and people are more likely to spread their germs.
Sometimes the inevitable happens and you catch that pesky cold. It’s good to know that there are over-the-counter medicines to help you manage a cold or cough in addition to having a nice cup of warm tea and honey.
What are the symptoms of a cold? Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache and mild body aches.
Do pain relievers and fever reducers work? The answer is YES!
Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are two categories of over-the-counter pain relievers/fever reducers.
Acetaminophen is used to relieve headaches, muscle aches and fever. It is also found in many other medicines, such as cough syrup, cold and sinus medicines.
NSAIDs is another over-the=counter pain reliever and fever reducer. NSAIDs include aspirin, naproxen, ketoprofen and ibuprofen, and are also found in many medicines taken for colds, sinus pressure and allergies, the Food and Drug Administration said.
Here some Walgreens Cough & Cold Products I Keep In My Medicine Cabinet:
- Wallgreens Wal-Dryl Children’s Allergy Relief Fast Dissolving Tablets Cherry
- Walgreens Children’s Multi-Symptom Cold
- Walgreens Children’s Cough & Runny NoseLysol Foam
- Walgreens Cough DM (for Children & Adults)
- Tylenol Cold Multi Symptom
- Dimetapp Day/Night Pack: Cold & Cough and Nighttime Cold & Congestion
- DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu Pack (day & night)
- Mucinex Fast Max Day Time Sever Cold & Nighttime Cold
- Mucinex DM Expectorant & Cough Suppressant
I’m really lucky to have the best pharmacy right around the corner. Walgreens carries the right medicine to help relieve those uncomfortable symptoms so that you can get back to what really matters, tu familia (your family).
I hope you visit your local Walgreens to prepare for the cough and cold season right.
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