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Q: How is the common cold spread?
A: The common cold is usually spread by direct contact with infected people or from contaminated surfaces. For example, if a person with a cold blows or touches their nose and then touches someone else, that person can subsequently become infected with the virus. Additionally, a cold virus can live on objects such as pens, books, telephones, computer keyboards, and coffee cups for several hours.

Q: Do I have a cold or the flu?
A: Commonly a bad cold is called "the flu" or when somebody has the flu they may believe that they have a severe cold. However, a cold is an infection of the nose and throat whereas the flu is an infection of the respiratory system. Use the table below to determine which one you may have.

Symptom Cold Influenza (The flu)
Runny nose Common Uncommon
Sneezing Common Uncommon
Sore throat Common Uncommon
Nasal stuffiness Common Common
Cough Common (mild to moderate) Common (usually severe)
Fatigue Uncommon (mild fatigue possible) Common (extreme fatigue)
Fever Uncommon Common (usually high)
Headache Uncommon Common (usually severe)
Chills/Sweats Uncommon Common
Muscular Aches Uncommon Common
Loss of appetite Uncommon Common

Nip-It Throat Spray may help relieve cold, flu, and sore throat symptoms and provide a pick-me-up. However, you may still wish to seek the advice of a healthcare professional (see below).

Q: How might I prevent a cold?
A: The common cold virus is spread by the inhalation of germs expelled at close range, through coughs and sneezes and by physical contact. There are several ways to reduce the chances of getting a cold:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Limit your exposure to people that have colds and coughs
  • Boost your immune system with a healthy diet
  • Get plenty of sleep and take plenty of fluids
  • Take Nip-It at the first sign of a cold
  • Use Nip-It before exposure to crowds and infected people
Remember: Colds are most contagious during the first 2 to 4 days after symptoms appear, and may be contagious for up to 3 weeks.

Q: I already have a cold. What do I do?
A: There are many things that you can do to reduce the effects of a cold:

  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids
  • Do not starve your cold! Instead, eat a healthy diet
  • Cover your nose and mouth to prevent spreading the germs
  • Use Nip-It to boost your immune system and relieve the symptoms

Q: Should I see a healthcare professional?
A: Nip-It may have helped you prevent a cold or help your immune system fight the cold, but you should still seek medical advice if:

  • coughing up blood or a lot of mucus
  • shortness of breath unusual lethargy/tiredness
  • inability to keep food or liquids down or poor fluid intake
  • increasing headache or facial pain
  • severely painful sore throat that interferes with swallowing
  • a fever of 101° Fahrenheit (38.0° Celsius) or higher
  • earache
  • chest or stomach pain, significant throat pain or swollen glands

Q: What are my chances of catching a cold?
A: Each year the US population develops up to 1 billion colds. Your age, exposure to others, your immune status and hygiene levels all contribute to your chances of getting a cold.

  • Adults get an average of 2-4 colds per year
  • Children (under 17) experience an average of 5-12 colds per year
  • Women aged 20-30 and children typically have the most colds
  • There are more than 200 known viruses that cause colds
  • Nip-It may help you and your family fight the battle against germs

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Q: Why does the body form scars?

A: Although in most cases scaring is not cosmetically appealing it is indeed a natural and healthy outcome in the process of wound healing. After an injury to the skin, the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin becomes exposed and rises to the surface, which in turn forms the scar.

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Q: Can scars be prevented from forming in the first place?

A: In most cases we can influence the way the scar tissue is developed. If you follow the following guidelines you can dramatically minimize scar formation.

Protect: Avoid sun exposure since a skin wound is especially sensitive to discoloration from exposure to UV rays.

Moisturize: Apply a cream or lotion that has ingredients that speed up the body's healing process by stimulating cellular growth.

Maintain: Do the above consistently. For optimal results it is extremely important that you attend to your wound or scar on a regular basis.

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Q: What is the best way to care for a wound?

A: Keep it clean.

    Do not pick at it.

    Keep it moisturized. 

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Q: How do you know a wound is infected?

A: Some of the signs and symptoms of an infected wound are, but not limited to the following.

If there is a discharge of pus.

If there is pain, redness or swelling at the site or surrounding area.

Feeling warm at the site or all over in the form of a fever.

Having low blood pressure or a fast heart beat.

If there is an odor coming from the wound.

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Q: Do wound healing creams really work?

A: It depends on what they contain. Nip-It Wound Care Cream contains everything you need to speed up the healing process and avoid getting a scar. It is an unique combination of natural and synthetic ingredients which leaves a soothing, non-sticky and pleasant feeling to the skin.