Summer holidays and colds just don’t go together. Trying to relax on the beach whilst surrounded by a pile of tissues is not a good look! Every overseas holiday we’ve been on in the past few years, at least one of us has caught a cold on the flight, and it has certainly put a dampener on things for a few days.
Unfortunately, summer holidays are a veritable minefield of opportunities to catch a cold, from exposure to the myriad of viruses that thrive in the confined space on the aeroplane, to the stress of travel weakening your immune system, to coming into contact with new and unfamiliar cold viruses at your destination. Indeed, research shows that one in five people who take a flight of two hours or more develop a cold in the following week, once the virus has incubated in their system.
5 Tips To Avoid Catching A Cold On A Flight
To help you make the most of your holiday, and navigate the flight without succumbing to a virus, follow these simple tips to help you avoid catching a cold on your flight, so your holiday isn’t spoiled before you arrive!
1. Wash your hands regularly
Your hands come into contact with so many shared surfaces which may be contaminated with the virus, from the armrest and try table, to newspapers, cups and cans. The cold and flu virus can survive for several hours on surfaces and skin, but simply washing your hands with hot water and soap or using an alcohol based hand-sanitiser is an effective way of limiting the transfer of any viruses you may pick up.
2. Avoid touching your face
Touching your face exposes you to any viruses you may have picked up, even from hours earlier. Touch a cold virus germ, and then your face and you’ve exposed yourself to the virus. Most people don’t realise they tend to touch their face many, many times a day, making it very easy to transmit picked up viruses, particularly in confined environments like aeroplanes.
3. Stay hydrated
Being dehydrated reduces your defences against cold viruses by reducing the natural defence system of mucus in our noses and throats. People become dehydrated on flights due to a combination of dry recirculated cabin air and natural low humidity which occurs at high elevations. Water is the best thing to drink during flights, as alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee and some soft drinks can themselves dehydrate you. Consider trying eye drops and saline nasal sprays to keep your eyes and nose moist and support the body’s natural defences against viruses.
4. Don’t forget dental hygiene
Just as washing your hands regularly and keeping them clean can prevent transmission of the virus, using a germ-killing mouthwash in flight may add another layer of protection to the body’s natural defences. It will also simultaneously help to keep your throat moist.
5. Use ColdZyme®
This mouth spray begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane in the throat. The barrier works osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.
Available in handy 7ml and 20ml bottles, this mouth spray is ideal to pop in your hand luggage to give your defences an in-flight boost.
ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of a cold if used protectively. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme® into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.
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ColdZyme® is available from Amazon, Morrison’s pharmacies, Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty-five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go.