Four Surprising Ways to Ward Off a Cold

By By Diana Vilibert
January 24, 2015, 5:37:57 AM EST

You already wash your hands often and load up on vitamin-rich foods…but there are a few more things you can do to avoid catching a cold, according to recent research.

Keep your nose warm

The cold virus loves a cold nose, the Yale School of Medicine recently found. “When we inhale cold air into the nasal cavity, the temperature in the nose decreases and that will provide a more permissive temperature for the cold virus to replicate,” study co-author Akiko Iwasaki told In fact, he estimates that 20 to 25 percent of us carry the cold virus in our noses without exhibiting symptoms—but cold air could cause symptoms to develop. Stepping outside? Make sure you’re keeping a warm scarf over your nose.


Have a drink

It turns out that happy hour can be good for your health—as long as you’re ordering a glass of red wine. A study of almost 4,300 adults during cold and flu season found that those who drank more than 14 glasses of wine each week had a 40 percent lower risk of catching a cold. Red wine offered the most protection, but beer and liquor had no effect, so hold off on buying that frozen margarita machine.

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