When the temperatures drop, the cold season heats up! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are millions of cases of the common cold in the United States every year. Adults have an average of two or three annually, and children suffer from even more. While there’s no cure for a cold, which generally lasts between seven and 10 days, there are ways of reducing your risk of infection. New York City-based internist and functional and integrative medicine expert Frank Lipman, MD (otherwise known as Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey’s health guru) offers LivingHealthy readers his five best tips on how to avoid a cold this winter season—and also debunks a “hairy” old wives’ tale that will make your life a whole lot easier.         



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention