You’ve heard it before, but the most effective strategy to fight germs is to wash your hands regularly. Using soap and warm water is best, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good alternative when away from a sink. Get plenty of rest and eat well, too. If you do get a cold, your local pharmacist can help find a cold medication to treat the symptoms that are bothering you and to avoid drug combinations that either don’t treat your symptoms or target ones you don’t have. Remember that products containing Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) are kept behind the pharmacy counter and require state-issued identification.
Published: January 1, 2009
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