It’s that time of the year and cold & flu season are upon us. You would think to live in Florida that it never gets cold here and that we never get sick, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. I probably get sicker here in Florida then when I lived up north. It’s tough when I get sick because I don’t have my mom or gramma to take care of me anymore and well, let’s face it men aren’t the best at nursing us back to health. In most cases they are laying on the other end of the couch whining about how much sicker they are than you. All those meme’s you see on Facebook have to come from somewhere, right?
So it is inevitable we are going to get sick so we might as well be prepared. Pharmacist Maria Mantione suggests “before cold season, stock your medicine cabinet with the essentials. Stick to single ingredient products, so you have you what you need to treat your specific symptoms. These include pain relievers and fever reducers, a decongestant, cough medicine, lozenges and a sore throat spray. Topical medications, like Chloraseptic sore throat sprays and lozenges, are great to have on hand because they are portable, can be used safely with other cold medicines, and have very few side effects.”
With that in mind, I thought I would share what goes into my “Mom’s Winter Cold & Flu Survival Kit” so the next time you get sick you have what you need.
Mom’s Winter Cold and Flu Survival Kit
- A Good Book: This is the one and only time I get to be 100% selfish and lay back to enjoy a good book. Take advantage of this and stop thinking about all the things you should be doing. Relax. Read. Enjoy.
- Warm Fuzzy Socks: Nothing makes me feel more pampered than a nice fuzzy pair of socks to keep my feet warm when I feel like poo.
- Chicken Noodle Soup: Since I’m the maker of the soup I have to rely on quick and easy with little to no work on behalf of the peanut gallery so I keep some instant chicken noodle soup handy for such an occasion.
- Peppermint Tea: Give me a hot cup of peppermint tea with honey and I’m already feeling better. It’s what my grandma used to do.
- Honey: Another all-natural remedy for feeling sick and it goes so good with peppermint tea.
- Essential Oils: I couldn’t live without them. I shared a great post on how to Make Your Own Essential Oil Nasal Inhaler similar to the ones you find in the drugstore, but this is all-natural and so much more relieving.
- Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray: I love the new cherry flavor of Chloraseptic Spray® and since my grandmother relied on this brand, I do too. It’s also the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for sore throat liquids/sprays and are perfect to offer you targeted relief. You can find a coupon for Chloraseptic® here.
- Anti-Bacterial Wipes: Everything I touch I wipe down with anti-bacterial wipes, that way when my minions come to take care of me they don’t have to worry as much about picking up germs from all the things I touch.
- Throat Losengers: I keep my favorite Chloraeptic® Throat Losengers in my kit because the soothing liquid center relieves my pain and they also cool my nasal passages making breathing feel more comfortable.
- Hand Sanitizer: Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent spreading illness, but it also helps you from picking up more germs.
More of Chloraseptic® Pharmacist Maria Mantione’s Tips for Cough & Cold Season:
Wash your hands often. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of the common cold.
Prevent illness by practicing healthy habits. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat a balanced, nutritious diet, exercise, and minimize stress.
Get your flu shot! The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is easy to get – just talk to your pharmacist. It the BEST way to prevent the spread of the flu. It does NOT prevent the common cold, but the flu is a devastating, serious illness that could put you out of commission for a week or more, or even worse, land you in the hospital with pneumonia or infects someone you love with a weaker immune system – like babies, the elderly, or those undergoing chemotherapy.
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