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9 Ways to Prevent an Early Spring Cold or Flu


It sure was nice outside yesterday—speaking as a resident of the Southwestern part of Canada that is known for being buried in a deep freeze until the middle of May. Temperate, sun-filled days in late winter and early spring can be rare treats when the temperature peaks slightly over freezing and registers in the double digits. The temptation to shed our winter hats, scarves, mittens, and even coats can swiftly leave us vulnerable to a chill that turns into a case of the sniffles.  It’s quite common after a warm spell for everyone around us to suddenly fall sick.

Fortunately, these nine effective approaches may save you from an early spring illness…

 

1. Breathe in A Little Steam

There’s a reason why many of us are prone to colds during the colder months of year. According to rhinology experts at the University of Pennsylvania, the cilia (or tiny hair-like extensions) in our nasal and sinus passages are quite sensitive to temperature changes. For those who are unaware, the cilia in our sinus and nasal cavities protect us by preventing and banishing germ pathogens from entering the body.

When it’s warm outside cilia respond (or beat) fairly quickly—however, in colder temperatures cilia are much more lethargic. Understandably, when a quick temperature plummet follows a warm stretch, sickness abounds (unless you wrap your mouth and nose in a scarf when you go outside).

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