Wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season. This helps prevent the spread of a virus that may cause a cold or influenza.
Avoid people who have a cold or influenza if possible.
Don't smoke or use other forms of tobacco. A dry, hacking "smoker's cough" means your lungs are constantly irritated. For more information, see the topic Quitting Tobacco Use.
Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, both at home and in the workplace.
Increase your fluid intake. This helps keep the mucus thin and helps you cough it up. It also helps prevent dehydration.
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