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Prepare Now for Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and Flu Season

It’s coming, and we all need to be prepared with the proper medical supplies and medical equipment. Seasonal colds and flu can start as early as October and last all the way to spring. There are a few things you can do to stay healthy, and to keep your home flu-free:

1. Wash your hands. We pick up germs through everything we touch, so wash them well and often, and try to avoid touching things in public places as much as possible.
2. Colds and viruses are passed most commonly through the hands, and through rubbing the eyes, nose and mouth. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean. Avoid physical contact (including handshakes) with people who are sick.
3. Keep your home clean. Be sure to clean surfaces like doorknobs, handles and stairway handrails.
4. Eat well. Having a well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will boost your immune system.
5. Exercise is a huge part of overall health, and will help your immune system fight illness.
6. Take supplements. Vitamin C and Zinc are known to fight cold and flu.
7. Consider getting a flu shot. The shot is our best weapon against the flu, so talk to your doctor about it for this season.
8. Lower the stress, increase the sleep. Staying rested and relaxed are going to lower cold and flu’s chances of getting you this season.
Also, you can help prevent the spread of illnesses by staying home if you are sick. If you have to go out, try to keep from spreading germs in public places by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about this or any other information regarding your health.


Tip: Gargling can moisten a sore throat and relieve the pain temporarily. Gargle a teaspoon of salt dissolved in ½ cup of warm water several times a day. Warm liquids like herbal tea and hot water with lemon and honey feel good on the throat and can loosen up congestion.


Stock up on everything you need to go to battle with colds and flu this season. Allegro has every type of vitamin C you can imagine, including 250, 500 and 1000 milligram tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid and drink mix for fast absorption. And, get your zinc here! Zinc is found to assist the immune system in fighting off illness. And for cardiovascular health, make garlic supplements a part of your diet. Echinacea is an herbal supplement that can stimulate immune system responses. It is also thought that the combination of echinacea and goldenseal can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the duration of the flu and the common cold. A good multi-vitamin can give your body’s defenses the kick they need to ward off colds. Stock up on herbs and vitamins this cold and flu season for less at Allegro.


Keep the air in your home clean and pure with an air purifier. Choose from several manufacturers offering filter based and ionic purifying, for many room sizes. Cleans smoke, pet dander, dust and even bacteria from the air.


When the weather turns cold and we turn on the heat in our homes, the dry air can affect our health. To prevent dry skin, cracked lips, itchy eyes, sore throat and even sinus headaches, a humidifier adds much needed moisture to the air. You can also go for a humidifier and ionic purifier all in one!


And, keep hand sanitizers handy, to kill the germs and bacteria that spread cold and flu.


If the flu does catch you, sooth your aches and pains with a heat wrap. Allegro has every type of heat wrap you can imagine. Try a wrap filled with wheat that is heated in the microwave for natural, powerful pain management. The wheat filling conforms to your body shape. Comes in wraps for your back, neck, eyes and even your feet! Or, moist heat packs have been the chosen treatment for thousands of doctors for years! Moist heat penetrates deep into tissues to relieve soreness, and make aching muscles feel better. Comes in several shapes and sizes for different parts of the body.


And, for the latest in pain relief, Light Relief Infrared Therapy offers another drug-free alternative. Infrared light therapy works by emitting energy in the infrared spectrum to provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, to relieve stiffness, relax muscle tissue and temporarily increase local blood circulation.


Keep an eye on illness with a new thermometer. Choose from ear, underarm, oral, rectal and disposable thermometers with digital or standard display. Take your baby’s temperature the easy way, with a pacifier thermometer. It only takes a minute and a half, and even beeps when the fever is high.


For flu symptoms and painful congestion, pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can help.


Stuck in bed? Make yourself comfortable! A heating pad will help ease achy muscles. Or, a new specialty pillow may be just what you need. Allegro has contour pillows, the latest in head and neck positioners, and cervical pillows. And, to chill out a fever and bring relief to your achy head, try the Chillow Pillow. Activate it once and it brings a fluid-cool sensation every time you lay on it. You will not know how you got along without your Chillow Pillow.


Avoid midnight trips to the store this cold and flu season. Stock up on everything you need to make your family healthy and happy, right here at Allegro.

Valerie Paxton is a co-founder of AllegroMedical.com and lives in Phoenix, AZ. In 1997 she set out with her business partner, Craig Hood to form Allegro Medical - a company dedicated to helping people lead more independent and healthy lives. They poured their knowledge and experience into AllegroMedical.com and now have more than 1 million customers nationwide. Valerie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and has spent most of her career in communications, marketing, PR, and investor relations. She enjoys giving advice, mentoring, volunteering, writing, reading, cooking, telling funny stories, healthy eating, her cocker spaniel Honey, her boyfriend Todd, hiking, kayaking, jokes and world travel. Follow Valerie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vpaxton

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