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Advice on preventing colds

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How many colds am I likely to get each year?

Most people tend to get between 2 and 4 colds per year. The incidence of cold is highest among children, and the incidence decreases with age as immunity to the viruses that cause colds builds up helping people to avoid colds.

Can I take antibiotics to treat my cold?

Antibiotics are not a great way to treat colds as they work against bacteria not viruses, which are the main cause of colds. Using unnecessary antibiotics on a frequent basis also compromises health-promoting bacteria in your digestive tract and can cause the development of a resistance to antibiotics.

Can I use Otrivin® while pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is recommended not to use Otrivin® when you are pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using Otrivin®. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Facts or myths


"Flying may increase your risk of catching a cold"

TRUE. Being in any crowded place will increase the likelihood of you catching a cold. Plane travel is associated with a higher risk of catching a cold - also because of the closed air system that impairs dilution of contaminated air.

"Covering yourself with blankets helps you 'sweat out' a cold."

MYTH. The common cold is caused by numerous viruses for which there is no cure. It just takes its time for the cold to get out of your system. There are several methods for helping beat a cold, see the coping with a cold section.

"You should not exercise when you have a cold."

MYTH. Routine exercise helps improve your immune system and aids faster recovery. Jogging and walking benefits the body by enabling a fresh supply of oxygen. However, very intensive exercise should be avoided during a common cold episode. And if you suffer from headache or even fever it is probably not a good idea to exhaust your body.

Advice for adults


Practical methods for avoiding a cold:

  • Wash your hands:
    • Regularly after sneezing, coughing or wiping your nose
    • After being in direct contact with someone who has a respiratory infection
    • Use water and soap, and hand sanitizer or disposable virucidal tissues
  • Stay away from people with colds, if possible


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