7 Mistakes That Could Make Your Cold Worse Than It Already Is
Try as you might, it's not always easy to dodge colds. The average American, after all, gets two to three colds a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most colds last only three to five days, but you can still be congested or have a cough for up to two weeks, says Tina Q. Tan, MD, an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the International Patient Services Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
The trouble is, colds can linger longer or get worse as a result of lifestyle habits (like eating foods that undermine your immune system) and behaviors, including those you might otherwise have thought were healthy. Below, experts dish on seven things that could make you feel worse or prolong your recovery from the common cold.