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amaranth
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I was wondering if there are good tips for preventing/avoiding colds? I've started working as a cashier and I am touching money/peoples hands/being around people who might be sick. This is my second cold in less than a month and I am wondering what I could do to prevent more of them?
I always wash my hands after using the bathroom. We have wet napkins that are used to kill germs at our stations. When it isn't busy I try to wipe my hands off every now and then with those.
What else could I do?

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amaranth
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oh, I also try eating healthy foods when I can. Things like lots of fruits and veggies and greek yogurt for the proiobtics
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coralee
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Try to keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes. If you have to touch them (like say you have an itch) try to wash or disinfect your hands before doing it.

Try to get enough sleep, 7-8 hours a night.

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amaranth
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Thanks.
I get alot of sleep because I am sleepy alot.
It make sense not to touch your hands to your face. Thanks again

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TonicTwelve
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Get the flu shot if you possibly can, I know that's not really helpful for colds but flu usually goes around at the same time. I got swine flu when it was going around last year and it just floored me. It was seriously about as sick as I have ever felt. I was in bed for a week and I am a person who had bronchitis and didn't take a day off school and just took over the counter cold medication. My dad ended up getting it off me and he went to the doctor and got antibiotics and 2 days off work. So if I spend a week in bed I am feeling absolutely awful. Imagine gastro/stomach flu combined with the worst cold/flu you've ever had and that is swine flu. So after I had it, I vowed I would do just about anything to avoid something like it again so I got the flu shot. The one I got had swine flu and 3 other types of seasonal flu protection, thry do different ones every year to protect against whatever is going around at the time. I am completely terrified of doctors and needles (sweating, shaking, vomiting terrified) and I didn't even feel the flu shot and I didn't get sick all winter so I would definitely recommend it.

Another thing that is meant to help is lots of vitamin C and also taking echinacea, which you can get in drop or tablet form. When I do get around to taking it, it did seem to make a difference. Aside from that and doing all the stuff you're doing as well as the stuff Coralee suggested, I don't think that there is a lot more that you can do.

Good luck!

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