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  1. Laura Jackson

    Laura Jackson Member

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    Then there is 100% chance I'm going to catch it off them and suffer with it for way longer. I try and avoid contact with the person but have yet to be successful in NOT catching their virus. Any tips?
     
  2. Amigo

    Amigo Well-Known Member

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    Have you had the flu vaccination Laura? Diabetics are recommended to get it.
    Best advice is frequent hand washing and don't touch your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands.
    It's not always possible to avoid the infected but make sure they always cover their mouth when coughing and also are careful about keeping their hands clean and tissues carefully disposed.
     
  3. Laura Jackson

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    Hey Amigo

    Yeah I get the flu jab yearly but I'm terrible for biting my nails so my hands are in my mouth a lot. I've done it since I was a kid and have tried everything to stop except the likes of hypnosis, which I would consider!
     
  4. Stitch147

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    Hi Laura, I used to badly bite my nails and the only way that I managed to break this habit was to have false nails done. They look nicer than my old bitten and sore nails and they are harder to bite!
     
  5. Laura Jackson

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    I absolutely love having false nails on and it stops me biting too, except I've just got a full time job on a mental health ward and I'm not allowed them! I start Monday lol
     
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  6. mikeyB

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    Hi Laura. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Despite any precautions, which do reduce the chances, you are almost bound to catch the cold. There are around a hundred viruses that cause colds, and they tend to stay in a geographical area. You gradually build up immunity to the local viruses. That's why some people will tell you they never get colds. If you move to a new area of the country, you start getting all the local viruses until immunity builds up again. That's life, unfortunately.:( And that's why I tend to avoid tourists if I can, I don't want any alien viruses.:mad:

    So eventually the frequency of colds reduces to almost nothing. You should get a flu jab every year, but that won't make the slightest difference to catching colds. Completely different virus.

    Best of luck in the new job:)
     
  7. Laura Jackson

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    Hey Mike

    For the past four years I've been a student and constantly moving between two towns so I guess this will be contributing then! Now that I've got this job I'll be in one place from now on so I'll see if I notice a difference, thanks a lot
     
  8. Lilian

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    I also used to bite my nails and nothing would stop me. I one day went to a hypnotist. I could hear everything he was saying and I was thinking, this isn't going to work, what a waste of time and money. When I got back into the car to go home my finger went immediately to my mouth for a nail bite and even without thinking my hand went straight down again. From that day forward I have never ever bitten my nails. No desire to.
     
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  9. Laura Jackson

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    Wow really!
    That's gave me some hope, I'm definitely going to try it some day now, thanks Lilian
     
  10. Northerner

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    Good luck with your new job Laura! :)
     
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  11. Stitch147

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    Good luck with your new job Laura. Im lucky I work in an office and can have them on.
     
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  12. Grogg1

    Grogg1 Well-Known Member

    I don't have the flu jab as I don't really like having chemicals injected into my body and I have hardly ever had proper flu in 50 years!

    I used to suffer dreadfully catching colds all year but now only tend to get one a year. I was vulnerable to colds when my hayfever was uncontrolled but fought for years taking "unnatural" remedies but finally gave in. I take a low dose steroid nasal spray (rhiocort) and loratadine tablet daily (Apr-Sept) and it's stopped me "catching" everyone's cold. I think because my sinuses were constantly inflamed/infected my immune system couldn't fight off common colds.
     
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  13. Vicsetter

    Vicsetter Well-Known Member

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    My wife swears by echinacia tablets if she thinks she is at risk or developing a cold.
    Mike: I run a guest house so a bit difficult to avoid tourists, but neither I nor my wife seem to suffer from colds. Could it be the vast amount of ant-bacterial products we have to use or is it 14 yrs of exposure to varied bacteria?
    The major source of colds we have found is children.
     
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