It is cold season again and you are wondering
how you are ever going to make it through without getting a cold. I’m Dr. Savage and
I’m an osteopathic family physician in Tampa. Preventing a cold is twofold. 1) Avoiding
exposure to the viruses which cause the common cold. That is most importantly politely asking
people around you to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze. That can be difficult
to do at times if you are at a restaurant per say but if you are with your friends and
family or your co-workers I think they’d be o’kay with that. Also maintain a very clean
environment. Clean with antiseptics regularly because any time little Johnny or Grandma
comes by and wipes their nose on the counter top you are going to have to clean that area.
The other aspect of getting a cold is allowing your own immune system to get as strong as
possible to fight off infection. This is done by a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise,
a reasonable diet and according to things that can weaken your immune system such as
excessive alcohol, tobacco and sleep deprivation. that basically will give you the best chances
to make it through the cold season without catching a cold. I’m Dr. Savage and I wish
you the best of health.