How can you prevent a cold?

It’s quite difficult to completely prevent a cold unless you lock yourself indoors. Since hermit life is not for most of us, we have some other tips for you to reduce the chances of catching a cold:

  • Live healthy! Go out and move , eat healthy and sleep enough. This increases your resistance , making you less susceptible to viruses.
  • A breath of fresh air through your house works wonders. Therefore, open a window for at least ten minutes a day to properly ventilate your house and clean your house regularly.
  • Wash, wash, wash. Washing your hands with soap greatly reduces the risk of contamination.
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Is Cold Contagious?

Hell yes! Cold viruses are very contagious. You can be infected from the moment someone starts coughing, snorting and sniffling. So try to stay away from colds to avoid sniffling yourself! In addition, a cold can be spread through objects. So make sure you wash your hands regularly.

Can you catch a cold from the air conditioning?

When the air conditioning is properly set and cleaned regularly, you cannot get sick in principle. So check whether the humidity level is between 45% and 60% and clean the filter of the air conditioning regularly. This way you prevent bacteria and fungi from running free. 

How long does a cold last?

A cold will pass on its own and lasts an average of seven to ten days. Be prepared for the coughing, sneezing and sniffling to continue for several more weeks. So give your body some time to recover. 

Can you exercise if you have a cold?

Yes, it doesn’t hurt to exercise when you have a cold. It is important to listen carefully to your body. Slow down if you notice that your body is struggling.

What does the color of your snot say?

Healthy snot is clear and colorless. Yellow snot usually indicates a cold. Green snot can indicate a bacterial or fungal infection. Red or brown snot indicates blood. Note: this is no reason to immediately raise the alarm. Red or brown snot can indicate inflammation of your sinuses or a small wound in your nose. Do you suffer from yellow, green, red or brown snot for more than a week? Or are your complaints getting worse? Then consult your doctor.

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Cold and hearing impairment


With a cold it often happens that you also hear less well. One or often even two ears are then blocked. To be precise, your ears are not blocked themselves. Your middle ear – the space directly behind your eardrum – is connected to your pharynx by a thin channel called the Eustachian tube. In a cold, the lymph nodes at this channel swell, as a result of which the channel is closed, as it were. This can give you the feeling that your whole head is ‘hidden’.

What is the cause of a cold?

There are hundreds of different types of viruses that can cause a cold. Because of this, we are unable to build up immunity against colds. You can catch the viruses in busy and poorly ventilated areas, for example on the train, in the office or at school. Due to the poor ventilation you breathe in contaminated air. You can also contract a virus because, for example, you shake a hand to someone who has just blown their nose or coughed into their hand. So wash your hands!… Read More

What is a cold?

With a cold, the mucous membrane in your nose, throat and sinuses is inflamed. It is the most common infectious disease among humans. Adults have an average cold two to three times a year and children even six times a year! A cold can cause unpleasant complaints. It is therefore important not to neglect these complaints. This way you prevent a simple cold from turning into, for example, a sinus infection or bronchitis. Moreover, nobody wants to walk around unnecessarily long with a stuffy or snot nose, right?

Is your little one catching a cold? Read here what to do if your baby has a cold  .

Do you suspect that your complaints are caused by the coronavirus? Then contact your doctor by telephone .

For the most current and reliable information about the corona virus, we refer you to the RIVM .

What are the symptoms of a cold?

A cold can make you feel pretty miserable. Below you will find an overview of the symptoms:

  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • To sneeze
  • Ticklish cough or persistent cough
  • Sore throat
  • (Slight) fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Earache
  • Tension headache
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