Why common colds thrive during “Ber” months

We are officially entering the Christmas season with the start of the so-called "ber" months. A health expert, however, warns that the colder temperature can take a toll on the immune system.
Date Posted: Mar 1, 2017

We are officially entering the Christmas season with the start of the so-called "ber" months. A health expert, however, warns that the colder temperature can take a toll on the immune system. 

According to the study conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), cold-causing viruses are more likely to spread in cold weather. 

Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, says there are many different viruses that can cause colds, but rhinoviruses are the most common.

Salinel explains, when rhinoviruses move through the nasal cavity, it will release mucus fluid and may block nasal passages. 

There is no specific cure for the common cold, but getting enough rest can help in the recovery process. Salinel also recommends using a vapor rub to soothe aching muscles and relieve nasal congestion.

Applying vapor rub on the back and chest and massaging it gently can help you fall asleep while its smell can also make you feel relaxed, Salinel said.

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