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The holiday season is a time conducive to the spread of viruses. There are various ways to protect against them.
The holidays are synonymous with joy and happiness, not only for humans, but for germs as well! The numerous get-togethers make it very easy for these unwelcome guests to crash the party without a formal invitation! They take advantage of close contact such as hugs, kisses, and handshakes to spread from one person to the next. The result: the gift of an infection that didn't figure of your wish list!
When you aren't in top form during the holidays, you don't feel much like celebrating. You're also less excited by the prospect of a new year filled with possibilities. Fortunately, it is possible to avoid getting sick during this crucial period.
Certain types of infections are almost an integral part of the holiday season. This is the case, for example, for a cold, the flu and gastroenteritis.
A cold is a relatively benign respiratory infection that especially affects the nose and throat. It can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, fever, etc., and usually lasts about 10 to 14 days.
The flu is a more serious infection and a greater health threat. It is caused by a virus called influenza. Symptoms include a high fever, general malaise, muscle soreness, severe cough, significant fatigue, etc. Many cases of the flu are reported at the beginning of the year, after the holidays.
Gastroenteritis is an infection of the digestive tract that causes an inflammation of the stomach and the intestines, followed by symptoms of nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, etc. It is most often caused by a virus, but not always.
Herpes labialis, which sometimes manifests itself by the appearance of what is commonly called a cold sore, is often spread during this time. It is a permanent infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Here are a few tips to prevent the spread of viruses and infections during the holidays and at the start of the New Year:
If, despite these measures, you still catch a virus, speak to your pharmacist, who can help you to stay healthy at any time of the year!
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