For those who live with Fibromyalgia, the symptoms of a cold virus are far more severe and last longer than those who don’t have fibro. Having a cold can also lead to a fibromyalgia flare. I feel fear and anxiety at the first sign of an oncoming cold, it feels like a mutant taking over my body as the pain and fatigue increases and I know I’m going to feel extremely ill. So, I was very excited when ColdZyme® sent me their mouth spray as it targets the cause of the cold (the cold virus), not just the symptoms. I can now protect myself this winter from cold and flu symptoms with the ColdZyme® mouth spray.ColdZyme® Mouth Spray
I love that the ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use, I just spray it into my throat and it begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.
ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. 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.
Looming health risk for British grandparents posed by increased childcare duties
ColdZyme® Mouth Spray commissioned a new survey and I find the results very interesting. They found that there is a looming health risk for British grandparents posed by increased childcare duties. 48% of grandparents have caught colds from their grandchildren, who are particularly prone to picking up regular colds at nursery and school. A further four in ten have suffered more serious illness resulting from a cold, such as chest infections and pneumonia, indicating the knock-on effects colds can have on those with weaker immune systems.
The study of 1,000 grandparents with grandchildren under the age of 10, has revealed that over half of grandparents (52%) feel they have missed out on valuable time with their grandchildren due to the worry of catching a cold.
Dr Dawn Harper, spokesperson for ColdZyme® Mouth Spray, says “More grandparents are providing regular child care for their grandchildren while both parents have work commitments. Many of my patients who provide such care tell me that it’s a job they love, but one that often leaves them feeling exhausted. Fatigue can suppress the immune system, so it’s important that grandparents get a good night’s sleep.”
Catching colds is the cause of regular worry amongst one in five grandparents (21%), so much so that some grandparents reported deliberately avoiding spending time with their sick grandchildren. Many grandparents put their duties first, but 13% admitted to wishing they had missed a visit to protect themselves.
Cold concerns can be a source of tension within families as over one in five grandparents (21%) said they would be reluctant to babysit an ill grandchild whilst their parents were at work for fears of risking their own health. 19% of grandparents confessed to feeling annoyed that they are not warned when grandchildren are ill before visiting, and a further 28% felt that their grandchildren’s parents were too relaxed about the risks colds pose to them.
Dr Dawn Harper says, “My parents tell me that ‘grandparenting’ is their favourite hobby. They are lucky that they are both in good health with robust immune systems, but some grandparents are missing out on such magical moments. The older generation are more prone to infections due to weaker immune systems and when it comes to colds, there is no cure so prevention is the name of the game.”
Dawn’s Top Tips:
- Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
- Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
- Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
- Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
- Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
- Use ColdZyme®, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold.
The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).
ColdZyme® is available from 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.
*This is a collaborative post.