Preventing Colds

Catching the common cold is very easy to do this time of year. Unfortunately, some over the counter cold medicines you depend on may not give you the relief you’re looking for.

Health experts say many of the medicines that claim to fight cold symptoms don't. They simply contain ingredients like alcohol that make you feel either more comfortable or very sleepy while trying to cope with the cold.

Pharmacist Jimmy Oakley says prevention is the best way to avoid the common cold. You should get in the habit of washing your hands more often to stop the spread of germs, get enough sleep, exercise, and eat right.