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Cold & Flu
Man-flu: Not just another excuse Featured Image
We might dismiss man-flu as an exaggerated cold, but research suggests that the symptoms of flu really can be much more severe for men.
It can be difficult to break the germs cycle in your family, especially during winter. Once one family member starts feeling unwell, the rest usually follow. You can help keep germs at bay with some back-to-basics household hygiene strategies.
Touch is one of the most common ways to spread germs. When you sneeze or cough, the germ droplets are transferred to your hands, and the ones you don’t catch can fall onto the surfaces around you or get airborne. Healthy hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing and keeping high-traffic surfaces clean, are some of the most effective ways of help keeping you healthy. But there may be something else you can do…
Colds and flu (influenza) are extremely contagious viral infections that reside in the nose, mouth and sinus. You can catch a cold or flu at any time of the year, but they are most common during the winter months, when people are more likely to stay indoors and be in close contact with each other.
When you’ve battled through the day with a heavy cold, all you want to do at night is collapse into a solid sleep. Frustratingly, sleep can be hard to come by when you are sniffling and snuffling through the wee hours. Here’s some good advice on how to set yourself up for a decent sleep – in spite of your cold.
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Australians are no strangers to colds, with the average adult catching up to four colds every year. Kids fare much worse, suffering through as many as 10 bouts of the sniffles.
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