The weather is changing and it can only mean one thing—the runny nose and cough is about to begin. However, how do you know if it is a common cold that you are experiencing?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants you to know how you can best protect yourself from a common cold, as well as when it is OK to exercise with a common cold and when you should rest.

How Contagious Is a Cold?

The short answer—very! Colds are easily passed between one person and another, especially when we’re inside and in close quarters during the colder months.

But there are steps you can take to prevent illness, including the common cold.

Ways to Prevent a Common Cold

  • Wash hands often.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Wash toys regularly.
  • Clean surfaces regularly.

Can You Exercise With a Cold?

As long as you have mild symptoms and do not present with a fever, then you can perform mild to moderate physical activity. Exercise can even help to relive nasal congestion.

However, if you start to experience body aches and a fever, then you really need to focus on rest and staying hydrated. Listen to your body when it comes to working out.

Good Food for a Cold

  • Garlic
  • Bananas
  • Spicy food
  • Coconut water
  • Yogurt
  • Chicken soup
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Broth
  • Eggs
  • Tea, especially hot tea

Are you feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today! No appointment is needed.