The Cold Truth

How to survive the season of bugs

Posted: 09.11.12

Yes someone has probably just sneezed. Whether it’s you, your colleague or that annoying person on the train carriage, it’s the season of snivels, sneezes and snot. But why do we ‘catch a cold’ and is there any thing out there that may actually help ease the grotty feelings of being ill?

Every year the average adult will suffer between two and three colds while children get between eight and 12. While healthy people should be able to cope with a bout of cold or flu and make a full recovery, symptoms can be hugely unpleasant and leave sufferers tired, in pain and unable to fully participate in day-to-day activities. While it may sound like fun to pull a sickie from work, the truth is, no one actually wants to be tucked up in bed beside a box of tissues.

Although catching colds and flu may sound unavoideable, there are some things all of us can do to reduce the likeliness of us getting one, and if we do, it’s now easier than ever to ease the symptoms.

Approach with caution
Sharing cutlery – this is a big no no! Do not share food utensils or cutlery, as the handles and surfaces can get infected.
Gym aware – colds can be transmitted via used towels and left to fester on gym equipment so wipe down with an antibacterial before use and stick to using your own towel.
Wash up! – someone sneezing on you is the prime route to infection though of course it can’t be helped, you may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time! To stop further spreading always wash your hands so you’re not picking up other active germs, especially after being around a lot of people. Sneeze germs can be active for three hours after landing so don’t take any chances.
Don’t touch! – as tempting as it is, do not rub or touch your eyes or face as the cold virus loves getting in through tear ducts and up your nose

It’s Ok
Feeling rough? Kissing can make you feel better!
Cold viruses are not passed through saliva so kissing is not a threat – so if your partner is keeping a distance, reassure them that it’s fine to have a snog!

Help is at hand!
The Cold and Flu section of a pharmacy is often a daunting experience, but if it’s trust, knowledge and experience you are after, you can’t go wrong with Potter’s Herbals who this year are celebrating 200 years of helping people get over bugs. If you’re one of them, try one of the products in their range:

Potter’s Exilir of Echinacea Plus (£10.16)
Launched more than 80 years ago. Echinacea can be used as a preventative measure to stimulate the immune system, at the first sign of a sniffle or to relieve the symptoms of common cold and flu type infections.

Potter’s Catarrah Mixture (£7.65)
Offers symptomatic relief of nasal catarrh and catarrh of the throat, and contains extract of Boneset, Blue Flag, Burdock Root and Hyssop.

Potter’s Cold & Flu Relief (£6.32)
Formulated to relieve fever and discomfort of colds, chills and sore throats. It contains Elder Flowers, Peppermint Oil, Bayberry Bark, Hemlock Spruce, Elder Flowers and Peppermint.

Potter’s Cough Remover (£4.59)
Provides symptomatic relief of coughs and contains Black Cohosh, Ipecacuanha, Lobelia, Pleurisy root, Scullcap, Elecampane, Horehound and Hyssop.

And if all else fails, remember what they say about chillis…a hot curry can blow anything away!

Potters Herbals are available in Boots nationwide and Holland & Barrett

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