Run your nose

Olivia Ramirez, Editor

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As the winter season approaches, the common symptoms of a cold always follow. Hands start crackling, lips get chapped, and noses start running. It is often hard to stay healthy during the cold seasons because of the very low temps, but many people neglect simple methods of avoiding a cold. To run your nose, it is helpful to understand why and how your nose reacts, common ways you could be getting sick faster, and the best remedies to prevent future sickness.

As tissues quickly go out of stock, a runny/stuffed nose is the most common winter cold symptom. Because of the winter weather, the cooler air now circulates in the nose and actually slows down the mucus clearance, allowing viruses to make a home in your nose for longer. As the virus burrows in the nose, it tries to get deeper into the body. If it does, your immune system takes over, attempting to kill the virus. If not, snot is consistently trying to trap the virus. This is why noses are often runny and stuffed because the body is trying to produce an abundance of snot in order to keep the virus out of the body (PhD). So our bodies are doing some gross stuff, but it is actually our body’s way of trying to flush these things and make us healthy again.

Colds and the miserable symptoms of them cause many people to stay home and be exhausted. The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says 22 million school days are accumulated each year in the U.S due to a common cold (“Understanding the Common Cold — the Basics”). Colds begin as viruses that are easily catchable through both physical and non-physical interactions with someone that has the virus already. The virus can enter through the eyes, nose or mouth from exposure to infected coughs, sneezes or even during conversation. An infected person can leave these sickening fluids on everyday use items that can also get a healthy person sick. We all know germs are everywhere and with a cold, these germs can get even more dangerous. It is important to take care of your body and take measures to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Preparation for the season doesn’t only include decorations and tree picking. The first step to preventing yourself and others from getting sick is to first, acknowledge cold weather is coming. The following are typical ways to prevent yourself from getting sick and staying healthy during the wintertime.

  • Wash your hands
  • Disinfect everyday items
  • Use tissues
  • Don’t share food or drink
  • Avoid close contact with people with colds
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise

This winter, make sure you run your nose by preventing the common cold and stay healthy!