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How To Prevent A Cold - Wash Your Hands

Updated on January 24, 2017

One time I noticed a little kid had dropped a tissue on the floor, so used two pieces of paper to retrieve it off the flor, but it accidentally touched my hand. Usually, my two paper technique works well for picking up undesirable objects, but this time my hand inadvertently slipped. That night I became so busy I was unable to run to the rest room to wash my hands. Washing our hands important to help stop the spread of germs, but this is very unrealistic when we get very busy at work. When I came home Monday night I noticed I started feeling weak and needed to rest. Over the next couple of days I started feeling an itchy sensation in the back of my throat, and by Wednesday night I had a full blown a sore throat. By Thursday morning I was slammed with the worst head cold I have had in years, but I have had to work every day this week and tried to deal with it. I love my job and do not want to miss work, so I am following these strategies more closely to help myself feel better and stay healthy.

Wash your hands.  Lava las manos.
Wash your hands. Lava las manos.

Wash Your Hands To The Happy Birthday Song

I always remember my mom nagging me to wash my hands frequently as a child. My friend is also a preschool teacher and she reminds me to wash my hands to the happy birthday song. Unfortunately we get so busy and often it is impossible to pause and wash our hands after every single business transaction. Sometimes people hand me wet money and smile, and I wonder why the money is wet. Just imagine everything we touch throughout our busy days, and how many times we are just too busy to wash our hands.  Taking time out of our busy days is essential for curbing the spread of germs. 

As an adult it is easy to forget the simple childhood lessons, such as frequent hand washing, but after I got very sick on Wednesday I am making a concerted effort to lava las manos (Spanish for washing hands). The horrible head cold I had this week was enough incentive to remind me to sing the happy birthday song to myself as I wash my hands.

Do Not Rub Your Eyes And Nose

What a simple rule I have known since I was a child. However, I know I accidentally rubbed my eyes soon after I touched an object that had germs on it. I am now trying not to touch my eyes and nose since I got this severe head cold. A stuffy nose, sore throat, and fever are enough to remind me to follow these simple rules. Thursday was such a horrible day and I never want to make that mistake again.

Get Adequate Sleep

As an insomniac it is usually impossible for me to sleep eight hours straight. However, I have been taking naps and resting whenever the mood strikes this week. Spending time away from the Internet is a good way to get adequate rest and sleep. I noticed when I go online right before bed I feel really wound up and cannot get to sleep for awhile. Thus, I now prefer to read a book or just listen to soothing music before bed.

Eat Healthy

It is a no brainer when we hear over and over again that eating healthy is essential, especially when it comes to getting over a cold. I love to make myself homemade chicken noodle soup when I am sick, even if the research is inconclusive about whether this home remedy helps cure a cold. However, what I do know is chicken broth is soothing for my throat and a great addition to a healthy diet. Eating junk food and drinking soda weakens our immunity, so getting back on track is always a good move when it comes to beating the flu season. I have a quick recipe for making my own chicken noodle soup.

Chicken stock is a great base for a simple home made chicken noodle soup.
Chicken stock is a great base for a simple home made chicken noodle soup.

Quick And Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Cut up part of an onion and add some crushed red peppers. Sauté the onions in a little bit of olive oil until these become translucent. Cut up some celery, carrots or any other vegetables that you might like to add. Add the chicken broth and a little bit of water to dilute the soup. Next, add any type of noodles you wish or have on hand. Personally I love to add Ichiban noodles and I save the ichiban flavor packets for other recipes later. This is a quick and easy chicken noodle soup that you can make when you are sick because quite frankly no one feels like standing over a stove when they are ill.


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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you read this fluffy! Thanks for commenting!

    • Fluffy77 profile image


      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Good advise here, and I do these very things to keep those colds away too. Voted this hub up!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      With the rise of the swine flu and other epidemics I hope people do start to wash their hands more. Many people end up getting sick because of the lack of basic hand washing.

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      Moon Daisy 

      9 years ago from London

      Great hub, thanks! I'm always getting colds in the winter, so this is welcome advice. Not too happy that the summer's ending now of course..

      And how gross that many people don't wash their hands after going to the toilet. You'd think that fully-grown adults would know to do this by now!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Surprisingly studies show many people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. Thanks for visiting RGraf!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very good "old-fashioned" advice that we should all follow. I'm so shocked at how few people actually wash their hands.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Yes we all should wash our hands more often. I hope you do not get sick Michelle :).

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi SweetiePie, this is a good topic about the simplest way to avoid a cold. Yes, we always remind our preschoolers to wash their hands often. :) And I guess we adults need to remember that too. I'm sneezing quite a few times in the morning when I wake up, I think my nose can sense the change of weather and is reacting to it. LOL

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      10 years ago from NW Indiana


      This one is just in time for the cold season, good job. I talked to several friends and family over the past couple of days to spread good cheer for the Thanksgiving Day Celebrations. I was surprised at how many of their households were plagued with colds. It seemed like everyone I talked to was sick.

      I hardly ever get sick and I really attribute that to NOT TOUCHING MY FACE unless I have just washed my hands. I picked up that habit when I was working at The University Of North Texas. Employees there were recommended to take extra care when touching almost anything due to the spread of more serious diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis, not to mention the common cold.

      This is great advice you put together and beneficial to everyone. Hand sanitizers are a great thing for situations like the one that got you feeling down. I use them while fishing as a regular part of my fishing supplies. C.S.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      A bottle of "handwash" near the door sounds like a good thing for many work places. Thanks for sharing this tip Princessa.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very good advice. Washing your hands is very important not only for our own health but for the health of the people we interact with. When I was in hospital, there was a botlle of a "hand wash" right at the door of my room -I guess it was the same in every room- so any visitors could spread the antibacterial liquid in their hands and rub it for a minute before visiting. A very simple but effective way to avoid visitors bringing harmful bacteria in the room.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Warm water and lime juice with honeyh sounds good. I will also look at Rodney's hub. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • countrywomen profile image


      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      Taking midnight bite..hehe. These days Iam snacking on the baby carrots whenever i feel hungry. Actually lime juice with warm water and honey is the first thing I have in the morning (I believe that is good for reducing weight). Also there is the Onion Garlic soup in Just Rodney's hub which is also a good recipe for cold.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      These are also good tips countrywomen. I love warm water and lime juice, so I might try that also. Right now I am eating lots of organic apples I have on hand, which is another good food to help boost my immunity. Thanks for stopping by.

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      10 years ago from Washington, USA

      SP- I read somewhere drinking lime juice is supposed to be good to avoid cold. Also taking a multi vitamin tablet on alternate days to boost the immune system also may help. Good hub.


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