Tips to avoid a summer cold

Tips to avoid a summer cold

July 8, 2016

It starts with a sore throat, then a runny nose and before you know it, you’re sick with a summer cold, which can happen any time between June and September.

To help reduce your risk of getting a cold this summer, check out these simple and effective health tips:1

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers can also help keep your hands clean.
  2. Don’t touch your face with dirty hands. If you haven’t had a chance to clean your hands, resist the urge to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. The common cold is spread through close contact, so if you’re with someone who’s sick, avoid physical contact, like hugging or kissing.

If you already have a summer cold, avoid spreading it to others by:2

  • Staying home
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with tissues
  • Washing your hands immediately after touching your nose and mouth
  • Disinfecting commonly touched items in your home, such as toys, tables and door knobs

If you’re not feeling well this summer, contact Teladoc. Our licensed doctor can diagnose and treat many common illnesses, including summer colds.

And don’t forget to download the Teladoc app for healthcare that goes wherever you do!

 

1. http://www.everydayhealth.com/cold-flu/summer-cold-or-simply-summer-allergies.aspx
2. http://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/

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