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Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of year again…

Common Cold Facts

  • Colds are one of the leading causes of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans spend about $2.9 billion on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in addition to $400 million on prescription medicines annually for the symptomatic relief from colds.
  • In the United States, most colds occur during the fall and winter. Beginning in late August or early September, the rate of colds increases slowly over a few weeks and remains high until March or April, when it declines.
  • The most common means of infection is from direct contact with the cold virus, such as an individual touching their skin to environmental surfaces that have cold germs on them and then touching the eyes or nose.

Prevention Techniques:

Cleanliness: Children and adults need to understand the importance of hand washing.

Avoiding spreading the virus! Sneezing and coughing into tissues keeps the viruses from spreading.

The following herbs and supplements may be helpful in easing cold symptoms:

  • Echincancea
  • Sage
  • Vitamin C
  • Andrographis
  • Chamomile
  • Elderberry
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Green Tea
  • Horseradish
  • Licorice
  • Peppermint
  • Zinc

The following alternative therapies may be helpful in easing cold symptoms:

  • Guided Imagery
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Nasal Irrigation

References:

Center for Disease Control. (2012). Common cold and runny nose. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/colds.html

Common cold. In Natural Standard. Retrieved from: http://everglades.naturalstandard.com/databases/conditions/all/condition-commoncold.asp?

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