You can’t avoid the common cold, but you can avoid this common symptom.
It is officially fall -- the time of year when we enjoy football, pumpkin spice lattes, leaves changing color and the common cold. Yes, fall is the most popular time for people to give and receive this common virus. Why? For a few reasons:
- Kids returning to school means more chances to catch an infection and then bring it home and share it with their families.
- Colder weather causes people to spend more time indoors and in close proximity to one another, increasing chances for spreading the sickness.
- Dryer air during this season can dry out the nasal passages, which makes people more susceptible to viruses.
The common cold is not an illness you have to worry about. Most people get over it in seven to 10 days and most likely won’t need prescription medication. But one symptom of a cold exists that you want to be wary of: Dry Mouth.
Many people will experience Dry Mouth when they have a cold because of nasal congestion. When you can’t breathe out of your nose, you have to breathe out of your mouth. You might wake up with a parched mouth from breathing like this through the night. If you’re really congested, you may have to breathe your mouth throughout the day, too.
Another reason Dry Mouth often coincides with colds is because of antihistamines. Medications like Benadryl, Claritin and Allegra make you feel better when you have a cold because they dry out your watery eyes and nose, but in doing this, they also can dry out your mouth.
When your mouth is dry, you’re not producing the amount of saliva you need to wash away bad bacteria. This leaves your mouth, teeth and gums susceptible to oral health complications like cavities, tooth decay and even gum disease. Because of this, it’s important to keep your mouth moist and healthy while you have a cold.
Here are a few ways to make sure your Dry Mouth is under control even if your cold is not.
Be sure to drink plenty of water while you have a cold. This will ensure your mouth stays moist even if you’re not producing enough saliva.
Use a humidifier.
If you’re breathing through your mouth at night, using a humidifier in your room will help prevent your oral cavity from drying out overnight. This is something you can use all season long, especially into the winter months.
Use a Dry Mouth product.
Even if you don’t have chronic Dry Mouth, all of us can use a little extra help when we have a cold. HYDRALIEF™ makes an entire line of products that ease Dry Mouth discomfort, no matter its cause. Keep some in your medicine cabinet this season for whenever that cold comes on, and use as needed.
You may not be able to guard yourself against the common cold this season, but you can guard yourself against the common symptom of Dry Mouth. Try one of the remedies above to make this season’s cold your most enjoyable—err—bearable one yet.