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Avoiding the Winter Sniffles


by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals

It may seem inevitable to catch a cold during the winter, but there are some simple things you can do to try to avoid the sniffles. Thorough hand washing may be the most common method, but there are several other ways to keep cold viruses away this winter—and boost your immune system in the process.

  • Don't underestimate the power of sleep. With full and busy schedules, a good night's rest can be hard to come by. However, adequate sleep—typically seven to nine hours daily for adults—can help your immune system stay healthy and strong against colds.


  • Eat more garlic. Raw garlic contains allicin, a compound with antibacterial characteristics that prevent the spreading of germs.


  • Unblock your sinuses. Enjoy a warm, lengthy shower, and allow the steam to decongest your sinuses.


  • Continue your exercise routine. Winter weather can keep some people from staying active. However, exercise strengthens immunity and helps improve your mood. If your workout is primarily conducted outdoors, remember to dress warmly and remain alert concerning adverse weather conditions.


If you do catch a cold, you should be feeling better in a week to 10 days. If symptoms worsen or persist longer, you may want to see your doctor. Sacred Heart Hospital's Urgent Care is available to you 7 days a week, from 6am to 10pm. St. Joseph's Hospital's Urgent Care is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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