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Health Tip! All about the common cold! What is it? Symptoms?

Timeline? Treatment?

A cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat -

Runny or stuffy nose Cough Sneezing Low fever (up to 102F)

- Itchy or sore throat - Mild headache - Watery eyes - Slight body aches

Symptoms should clear up on 1-2 weeks. If they last longer, contact a healthcare provider - Drink lots of water, water tea, juice, warm soups - Gargling warm salt water or drinking warm lemon water with honey may soothe sore throat and cough. - Mild pain relievers, relievers (Tylenol and others) help treat fever, sore throat and headache. - Get some rest. If possible, stay home.

Flip card over to learn how to avoid getting sick! sick! For more info call HIPS hotline at 11-800800-676676-HIPS

Health Tips! How to avoid the common cold! cold! Wash your hands. hands. Clean your hands thoroughly and often. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Scrub your stuff. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops clean, especially when someone has a cold. Wash children's toys after play. Use tissues. tissues. Try to sneeze and cough into tissues. Throw away used tissues right away, and then wash your hands carefully. Use your elbow. elbow If you don’t have a tissue, try to sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow, not your hands. That way germs aren’t on your hands. Don't share. Avoid sharing drinking glasses or utensils with other people if they have a cold. Steer clear of colds. colds. Avoid close, prolonged contact with anyone who has a cold. Teach the young’uns. young uns. Kids come in contact with many germs. If they know how to protect themselves from germs, it will help them and you stay healthier.

HIPS Health Tip- Common Cold  

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