Colds, contagious upper respiratory infections, are most common in the winter months. It is not unusual to have more than one cold during this season. Most colds are caused by a virus and are contagious. Fortunately they are not fatal, although suffering with a cold for seven or more days may have one feeling as if they are on death’s doorstep.
Often cold symptoms are ignored and assumed to be indicators of allergies, flu, or more recently COVID. What are the differences? The Mayo Clinic states colds are demonstrated by a cough, runny nose, sinus pain and/or sore throat. The flu and COVID are accompanied by tiredness, muscle aches, fever, loss of taste or smell and sometimes diarrhea. Only the common cold will respond to over-the-counter medications.
Seniors especially should take common sense precautions when the sniffles begin.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Have plenty of rest.
- Manage stress.
- Try over-the-counter medicines.
- Eat healthy foods.
Seniors and their loved ones may share a common bond but sharing a cold is not very inviting. Cautionary measures should be taken.
- Wash hands often.
- Wipe down counters and often used spaces with anti-bacterial wipes.
- Dispose of used tissues properly.
- Cover your mouth when sneezing. Sneeze into your elbow if necessary.
One never appreciates how nice it is to breathe through their nose until they have a cold. Be proactive and stay healthy this winter. A cold could wear down your immunity system and leave the door open to strep throat, pneumonia or ear infection.
Bridge to Better Living is often asked when one should start “thinking” about moving to a Senior Living Option. The answer is to start addressing the questions and uncertainties as soon as possible… much like treating the symptoms of a cold. Reach out to the experts at Bridge to Better Living. They care about you.