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The reasoning behind that is, the cough or sneeze spreads the viral particles all around. Then people touch the spot that has one of these particles on it with their hands and rub their hands on their nose and mouth. This action spreads the cold even further. This same article said that kissing doesn’t necessarily spread the cold virus (1-2). Laurie Tarkan says that the main way that the cold virus is spread is through touching of the nose and mouth, like the Mayo Clinic Letter. She also stated that the reason that colds seam to flourish in the winter is that people tend to group together in schools and in homes, therefor spreading the virus throughout the population. Also more people tend to fly durring the winter. In order to keep the cabin pressurized, the airplane

circulates the air, and that means that if one person has a cold and coughs then the whole plane will have a great chance to become infected. Also at higher altitudes, the air seriously dries out the nasal membrane in the nose and therefore make a person more susceptible to the virus. Because of this, experts like Laurie Tarkan suggest to drink allot of water while flying in an airplane, about eight ounces for every hour that you are on the airplane (202, The Common Cold 2). There is only one possible way to stay totally healthy during the winter. That is to be locked in a room underground and not see anyone until the cold season is over. Fortunately there are a few guidelines that you can follow to help your chances of staying well this winter. One is to wash your hands often,

not compulsively but often, and also try to stay away from people who have realy bad colds. If someone in your house or workplace gets or has a cold, then it is suggested that you should disinfect with "Lysol" or hydrogen peroxide often, again not compulsively but often. Many people believe that garlic can help to avoid a cold, but studies on this subject have been shown to be inconclusive, in most recent test anyhow (The Common Cold 2). Even if you follow all of the guidelines, you still might catch an occasional cold, so, if you have a cold you there are a lot of things you can do to lessen the power of the symptoms. A cold usually last from ten to fourteen days. Dr.. Robert Anthanasoid say that consuming low quantities of Vitamin C, about 250 Mg per day, help to

lessen the time or length of the cold. Some people say that taking large doses of Vitamin C, about two grams per day, helps to lessen the duration of a cold (Childhood Infections). While the "Mayo Health Clinic Letter" said that any dosage of Vitamin C doesn’t help of hinder any form of the common cold. Chicken soup, on the other hand, is shown to reduce the severity of the symptoms of the common cold. If you make chicken soup for someone with a cold, Laurie Tarken from "Good Housekeeping" suggests "loading it up with garlic, onion, and heat. It is thought that the reason for chicken soup works so well is because of the chicken. It contains Cystine, an amino acid, that thins mucus. The Cystine and the steam off of the soup are what can clear up a

plugged nasal passage and make breathing a lot easier (John Poppy 109). There is no cure for the common cold because there are over 200 known virus that cause what is know as the "common cold," and there is no vaccine. There is no vaccine because of the same reason, that there is no cure, the sheer number of the known causes. Because you can’t cure a cold you can only hide or stop the symptoms. There are literally thousands of cold "remedies" or "cures." Over one billion dollars are spent on cold "remedies" in the U.S. today (The Common Cold 1). There are many different over the counter drugs that claim to stop colds. Some of these are mixes, mainly ones that claim to do everything, most of these "mixes" contain antihistamines.

Antihistamines don’t do anything for a cold. The only they do is make you drowsy. The most common antihistamine is chlorpheniramine. Like antihistamines, Decongestants might make you drowsy, but their real use is to unplug your nasal and sinus passages. Decongestants that reverse the swelling go the blood vessels in the nose caused by viral infections according to Laurie Tarkan of "Good Housekeeping" (201). Spray Decongestants are the best, but can be come addictive with over use. Doctors suggest using a spray once in the morning and once at night. They also suggest that you don’t use them for more than three days, beacaue they can cause your throat to burn. Decongestants in pill form can take from 45 minutes to an hour to start to work. Most combination medications