The flu season might be over, but this doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. While it is rare that you will come down with the flu in the summer, catching a cold in the summer is still a possibility. And as bad as it is having to suffer through a cold n the winter, it is just as bad to have to do so in the summer. Instead of enjoying the summer heat, you are stuck inside trying to nurse yourself back to good health.

A summer cold is simply a cold you catch in the summer months. Contrary to what some people might think, it doesn’t have to be in the dead of winter and cold outside to catch a cold. And while it is impossible to completely prevent the spread of colds, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the chances you become infected. Privis Health, your provider of healthcare data analytics, offers ways in which you can help prevent getting a cold this summer.

Never Double Dip

Beware of the chip dip at that barbecue you will be attending over the weekend. You might never even consider double dipping, your parents raised you right. However, there are people who were never told not to double dip or were brought up right, they just choose to make bad choices. In other words; other people double dip so maybe it is best to avoid the big bowl of guacamole as double-dippers may be passing their germs along to you.

Quit Smoking

Yet another reason to quit smoking. Smoking increases the risk of infections by making structural changes in your respiratory tract. We don’t know what that means exactly, but smoking increases your chances of getting a cold. So if you smoke, you should seriously consider stopping.

Stay Sanitized

There is no reason to lay off the sanitized wipes in the summer.

Keep Your Distance

If somebody is sneezing and coughing, your best bet is to stay away from them. And while they might just be suffering seasonal allergies, there is no need to take that chance. This might seem all too obvious, but while it is quite easy to avoid the guy at work who is coughing and sneezing, it is a little more difficult to stay away from a family member who might have a cold.

Hit the Gym

Getting your sweat on at the gym is a good way to help keep yourself healthy. Exercise boosts your immune system, making it a whole lot easier for your body to fight off a cold.

Go to Bed

It’s hard enough getting a good night’s sleep. But you need to get plenty of rest if you want to stay healthy. A tired body is a body more susceptible to catching a cold. It is recommended that you get eight to 10 hours of sleep a night.

Eat Right

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep yourself healthy all year round. It is a healthy diet that supports your immune system.

Hands Off

The most common places where germs enter your body are through the eyes and nose, so keep your hands away. Try to count the number of times your hand goes to your face in an hour. You would be surprised by the sheer number. If you are aware of it, you will do it less often.

Wash Hands

Every time someone shakes your hand, you should go wash yours. Don’t be rude about it, but they could be passing along germs you don’t want. In fact, you should be washing your hands as often as you can as this will help keep you healthy.

Keep Surfaces at Home Clean

There are a great number of items in your home you touch on a daily basis, as does everyone else in your family. It is important that you keep these items clean by wiping them down as often as possible. In addition to wiping down countertops and tables, you should be wiping down drawer pulls, doorknobs, remote controls and light switches.

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