National Geographic : 1945 Jan
Laugh at a cold-and PNEUMON/A may laugh at you! TOTS OF people think "it's Just a little cold." But that little cold can use up a lot of your body's resistance Against disease. SPeople who are already weakened by colds make easier targets for such serious diseases as pneumonia, in- fluenza, sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis, or bronchitis. If you take the simple precautions be low, chances are good that you won't be one of the thousands of victims of pneu monia this winter-or one of the countless victims of other frequent complications of respiratory infections. I When a cold strikes... go to bed if possible. You must go to work? Remember that you SAt least stay indoors and rest all you can. may inflict your cold on others. If you It may help to take a hot bath, or soak your really must, then wear warm, protective cloth feet in hot water, and drink a hot lemonade be- ing. Avoid drafts and sudden chilling. Keep fore retiring. Be sure to avoid chilling, your sneezes and coughs covered up. 3 Drink large quantities of milk, fruit juice, * and plain water. Take a laxative if needed. If your cold seems more severe than usual, or if it starts with aching, chilliness, and fever, call the doctor without delay. Pneumonia may be indicated. Most forms of pneumonia and certain other respiratory in fections are often successfully treated with sulfa drugs-par ticularly if diagnosed early. Remember, sulfa drugs should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor. But, an ounce.of prevention is still worth a pound of cure. Do your best to avoid colds. Watching your diet will help. Get plenty of vitamins, fruits, and leafy vegetables. Eat bet ter breakfasts. Don't skimp on your sleep. Dress warmly and avoid chilling. Get regular exercise-some of it outdoors. And keep away from snifflers. Metropolitan will gladly send you its free booklet, 15N, entitled, "Respiratory Diseases." STreat that sore throat to a gargle. For a " homemade gargle, add a teaspoonful of salt or bicarbonate of soda to a glass of warm water. COPR. 1945-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVE., NEW YORK 10, N. Y.