There are several ways you can reduce your chances of getting a cold. Common cold prevention suggestions include:
- Washing your hands regularly
- Keeping your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes
- Using disinfectants
- Limiting exposure to infected people
- Practicing healthy habits.
Each year, millions of school and work days are missed because of colds and flu. How you can best treat your condition depends on what is ailing you. Since these diseases share many of the same symptoms, they're sometimes hard to tell apart.
To further complicate the problem, many people get bad allergies in the fall, when ragweed pollen is at its peak in many areas, and winter can bring its own allergies as people spend more time indoors around pet dander and house dust mites.
(Click Cold and Flu Symptoms and Allergies vs Cold Symptoms to learn more about the differences between the common cold, allergies, and the flu.)
At this point, scientists have not been successful in developing a cure for the common cold. Don't believe claims about a product that supposedly claims to be a cure.
Searching for a cure will continue to be an active area of common cold research, but it will require a substantial amount of time and effort.