It is estimated that everyone would have a running nose at least 5 times in a year and this is particularly true given the humid temperature of the tropics where our country lies. A couple of drugs exist not necessarily for treatment but to build up your immune system to fight off whatever organism is responsible for it. There are however simple home procedures that can help you avoid sniffly, snotty and running nose all year round.
We found four of these home remedies which you have to follow diligently if you hope to prevent a running nose.
Avoid Touching Your Face As Much As You Can
You may have heard this particular a couple of times and for a variety of reasons but it is quite difficult to adhere to. It is estimated that an average person touches their face 3 to 4 times every hour according to a 2012 research study published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
This is a great cause of concern as putting your hands on your face, especially your nose can increase the chances of transmitting viral and bacterial agents that trigger a running nose. The common cold can be acquired through viral or bacterial droplets in the air and transmitted through hand contact with secretions containing the virus. As such, if your hands happen to touch your face and pick up the virus, you can easily introduce the virus into your body when you touch your nose or other open areas of your skin that way.
If you however find it difficult to not touch your face, simply make sure you watch your hand intermittently everyday by scrubbing the back of your hands and in between your fingers with water for at least 30 seconds.
Get Lots of Sleep
People that sleep less than 6 hours every night are more susceptible to catching a cold than people who sleep for between 7 and 8 hours according to a research study published in the journal for sleep. This is so because lack of sleep has an effect on B and T immune cells that are form a critical part of protecting your body against viruses. Sleep for at least 7 hours and watch your immune system fight off cold.
It is important for you to exercise as frequently as you can as studies have found out that people who exercise more are less likely to obtain a sick leave from work. Exercises help to improve blood flow and muscle contractions which help to trigger cells of the lymphoid tissues (disease-fighting cells). These cells helps your body detect and destroy any foreign material capable of causing diseases.
Hug It Out
This one might sound weird but hugging can actually help prevent a cold. According to a study published in the journal of Psychological Science, people who were stressed-out and who hugged people within the last day have a better chance of fighting off the cold virus than those who did not.
According to lead researcher Denise Janicki-Deverts -a research psychologist, “Hugging is a physical expression of social support, and when people feel they are supported, they also feel they are better able to handle stress”. This is actually quite important as being stressed has been linked to a higher chance of having a cold perhaps because it may likely trigger the release of certain hormones that affect the immune system.
Try out these four remedies and you just may reduce the chance of you ever getting a running nose again.