Common Illnesses During the Holidays
The common cold is one of the most prevalent illnesses during the holidays. The best way to prevent a cold is to simply wash your hands regularly. This will get rid of any unwanted germs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people. Remember to also keep household items such as cups and towels clean especially if there is someone in the house who has already developed a cold. If you are the one with the cold, make sure to use disposable tissues instead of a handkerchief to avoid reinfecting your own hands.
Though most commonly picked up through viral infection, sore throats can also happen from extreme changes in temperature. Going from a room that is centrally heated to the cold outdoors can sometimes affect how the throat feels. An easy fix for this would be to gargle some warm salt water. If it becomes more serious, strep throat for example, then of course see one of our experts.
The flu can be more serious than some might expect. It’s usually only dangerous to those who are already vulnerable such as those with long term medical conditions. The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. They last a full year and you can usually get them for free. If you are an otherwise healthy person, you just need to rest and drink lots of water and you will be fine.