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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Iím battling a summer cold and donít want it to ruin my vacation plans. Could you please recommend anything to help make my stuffy nose a better one for my trip.

A: Summer colds always seem to arrive at the worst time. With the spike in air conditioning usage, itís no surprise. Recently one company, Quigley Corporation who are the makers of the product Cold-Eeze lozenges, reports that one out of every four people will get a common cold during the summer.

From the companyís web site, www.coldeeze.com, Cold-Eeze is 100 per cent natural (it has no preservatives) and it is recommended that for effectiveness, the lozenges be used at the very first sign of a cold as it will reduce the duration of the cold by up to 42 per cent.

Early cold signs include cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing and hoarseness. In the meanwhile, it doesnít hurt to remember some quick tips on reducing your chances of getting the next summer cold.

To lessen your chances, wash your hands often as everything you touch contains germs. Monitor your air conditioner exposure. This cooling device sucks out the moisture from the air and causes the protective lining in your nose to dry up which means thereís a breeding ground for nasty germs to settle.

Lastly, watch your stress levels as the more stress you pile on your daily schedule, the greater chance you are to lowering your immune system.


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