The winter season coincides with cold and flu season, which means you have a higher chance of getting sick. Find out what supplies you should stock up on to keep you healthy.
Whether or not you end up getting sick this season, it is best to make sure you are prepared just in case. Having the items you need on hand from our local pharmacy can help you get through a cold or flu more comfortably while also lowering your risk of infecting others. These items can also help you to avoid illness and keep yourself protected from cold and flu germs.
Keep generic, non-prescription medications around during winter. Choose medications that help ease cold and flu symptoms, such as pain relievers, decongestants, and cough medicine. You might also want to consider having anti-diarrheal medication available in case you catch a stomach flu.
Tissues and Toilet Paper
Have a few boxes of tissues in your home in case you end up sneezing or having a runny nose. Avoid leaving used tissues lying around, as this can spread germs. Choose soft tissues and toilet paper that will not irritate your skin.
Hand Sanitizer and Hand Soap
Although you should wash your hands with soap and warm water to get rid of germs, you can use hand sanitizer when these are not available. Choose hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol in it for the best protection from germs. Make sure you have hand soap in each bathroom in your home and by your kitchen sink.
You can help prevent germs from spreading in your home during cold and flu season by using cleaning products with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Wipe down surfaces such as countertops, sinks, and doorknobs around your home on a regular basis. You should also keep paper towels handy and clean more often during the winter months.
Colds, flu, and other illnesses that go around during winter can cause you to run a fever. Keep a digital thermometer in your home so that you can check your temperature. Keep in mind that you should seek medical care if you have a high fever or a fever that lasts more than a few days.
Stock up on foods with vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, and tomatoes. These foods help strengthen your immune system and clear out your sinuses. If you usually do not eat a lot of foods with vitamin C, you can take a supplement instead.
Low Sodium Chicken Soup
Chicken soup can help ease symptoms of the common cold, such as loosening up a stuffy nose. Choose soup that is low in sodium, which is healthier for your body overall.
Honey and Tea
Adding honey to tea can help ease a sore throat. Choose decaffeinated teas, so you can make sure you get plenty of rest.
If you need cold and flu supplies for winter, please contact Smith-Caldwell Drug Store by calling (501) 392-5470. Our pharmacy in Benton, Arkansas also offers flu shots to help prevent illness this season.