Tips to stay healthy on spring break

Whether you’re cross-country driving or leaving the States on a jet plane for spring break, you’re inevitably going to be exposed to a wide array of new germs that are just waiting to wreak havoc on your vacay. Dr. Yael Halaas, a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist in New York, shares five simple tips to stay healthy and get the most out of your spring break.
Whether you’re cross-country driving or leaving the States on a jet plane for spring break, you’re inevitably going to be exposed to a wide array of new germs that are just waiting to wreak havoc on your vacay. Dr. Yael Halaas, a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist in New York, shares five simple tips to stay healthy and get the most out of your spring break.

Dr. Yael Halaas’ spring break health tips

1. Sanitize everything

One of the first ways to ruin a vacation is catching a cold on the plane. Carry antibacterial wipes and wipe down every surface you may touch on the plane. Wipe the belt buckle, food tray and latch, volume control, and armrests. The airline crew cannot clean all these surfaces between flights which can harbor contagious viruses and bacteria.

2. Wash your hands

When traveling, it is impossible to avoid contact with surfaces that many others may have touched. Washing your hands frequently can help cut down your exposure to germs.

3. Be proactive

Since you’ll be in close quarters with others, take preventative action to stay well. Take Cold-EEZE at the first sign of a cold to shorten the duration, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy your vacation. Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been found to decrease the duration of colds by nearly half in studies by Dartmouth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. Also, by shortening your cold, it minimizes the chances of spreading the cold.

4. Be prepared

Carry medications with you to minimize the impact of a cold or illness so you can all still enjoy your trip. Useful medications include analgesia like Tylenol or allergy medications for adults and children. Adults may also want to have some decongestants handy just in case.

5. Be healthy

Good hydration, good nutrition and exercise go a long way to giving the body the support it needs to stay strong.

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