Sore throat? Cough? Stuffy nose? It’s more than likely that you’re coming down with something! It’s never fun getting ill, especially over the festive period. With colds seemingly more common at this time of year, we’ve pulled together some top tips to help you avoid catching a cold, along with a handy cold-fighting checklist – just in case you’re unfortunate enough to get one.

It’s said that the average adult gets three colds each year, so they can be hard to avoid! You catch a cold by coming into contact with an infected person. If you touch a surface that’s been in contact with someone who has a cold, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, there’s a chance you’ll also catch it.

If you’ve got a really bad cold, it could be that you’ve caught the flu virus. Colds and flu share similar symptoms, for example coughing and a sore throat, but they’re caused by different viruses – with flu being more serious, especially for young children, older adults, pregnant women and people who suffer from asthma.

The below should be taken as advice only, and if you experience the symptoms, consult your doctor.

Common cold symptoms

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Mild fever

How to help prevent catching a cold

Eat well

Try and get five portions of fruit and veg each day – they’ll help keep your immune system strong.

Drink plenty of water

Although it hasn’t been scientifically proven that staying hydrated helps, some people swear by it and it certainly won’t hurt!

Take vitamins & supplements

Consider taking supplements such as our Chewable Vitamin C 500mg or Vitamin C & Zinc Effervescent to help maintain a healthy immune system.

Use anti-bacterial hand gel

Keep hands germ-free with frequent washing, and use hand sanitiser when you’re out and about.

Get as much sleep as you can

It’s thought that sleep deprivation results in a poorer immune system, so get as much sleep as possible.

What should I do if I think I’ve got a cold?

  • Try steam inhalation – this involves sitting with you head over a bowl of hot water. This can help ease congestion and blocked noses by loosening mucus…sounds a bit gross but it helps!
  • Drink plenty of water to replace the lost fluid.
  • Stock up on home comforts. This won’t shift the virus, but little things like a hot water bottle or putting on your favourite film will help you feel better.
  • Contact your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve.

The Wilko cold-fighting checklist

We’ve pulled together a handy list of things to stock up on in case you catch a cold – and you can get it all for under a tenner!


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