1. Wash your hands. Viruses and bacteria are found everywhere including surfaces that people are commonly in contact with. Common points of entry of these viruses include the mouth and nose. That is why it is important to wash your hands with soap and water before eating meals or after going to the restroom. An alternative to soap and water is to use hand sanitizer as it can help prevent drying out your hands from over-washing with water.
2. Get the flu vaccine. Every year, upwards to 20% of the US population is affected by the flu, which can lead to sick days and hospitalization. This can be prevented with the flu vaccine. The most common flu vaccine is inactivated, meaning it does not contain live viruses. The inactivated flu vaccine is relatively safe and indicated for people 6 months and older. If there is a history of severe adverse reaction to the flu vaccine or other concern, it’s important to speak with your allergist about this.
3. Eat a balanced diet. As the holiday approaches it important to maintain a healthy diet which includes eating varied foods among different food groups. Foods are an important source of vitamins, which are micronutrients that are vital for the body’s immune system. Vitamin deficiencies have been
linked with respiratory infections to other symptoms such as fatigue and bone loss. Most people get enough vitamins through their diet, although if there is concern about this, it is important to get evaluated.
4. Get enough sleep. As you celebrate the holidays with your family, make sure to get your beauty sleep! Sleep deprivation has a multitude of effects on the body and mind including increasing irritability and cognitive impairment to increasing susceptibility to infection. In one study, shorter
sleep durations were correlated with increasing susceptibility to the common cold.
Flatiron Allergy and Asthma wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! If you have any questions on managing your allergies, please do not hesitate to reach us at (303) 862-3303.