Sextion: Avoiding the post-hookup cold

Sextion

It’s getting late on a Friday night and you’re feeling lucky: whether you met dancing to that one song at a party or you matched on Brown Hookups, you’ve found the phe you’re hoping to take home tonight. Unfortunately, you have midterms, practice, and/or a life to get to next week and catching a cold is really not an option. Resources like the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) are here to make sure you’re fully protected from the more important stuff, but BlogDH is here with some ways to avoid the cough/congestion/headache everyone seems to be getting on Tuesday.

First, let’s quickly clear a few things up: There seems to be some debate as to whether or not you can catch a cold from kissing (pro). Unfortunately,  it can be transferred through just about everything else: their pillow, breath, etc. (con).

People are also most contagious before they show symptoms, so even if there are no tissues on the dresser you should still follow these tips:

1. Get your flu shot: If you missed getting one in Faunce, it’s not too late. Head to Health Services or to CVS for one of the quickest and easiest ways to protect yourself this season. Get that special someone to come with you and hold your hand in the case of fear of needles.

2. Hydrate up: The thirst is real. You’re going to be sweating off some electrolytes, and just like with any workout, you’re going to need to replenish them. Not to mention that drinking plenty of liquids is the best way to ward off congestion.

3. Take a hot shower: Showering after a hookup is always a good idea. The hotter the water, the better for getting clean. Bonus if you invite your partner to shower with you.

4. Nap: I’m willing to bet you didn’t get a great night’s sleep, either because you were up all night or because comfortably fitting more than one person in a twin bed takes some engineering. Beat the cold by sleeping it off: take a nap and/or try to get to bed early the next day.

5. Avoid staying over: The longer you are in proximity to someone with a cold, the more likely you are to catch it. If you’re really concerned about getting sick, get walked home.

6. Exercise: Combined with a balanced diet, exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy–just consider the rush of endorphins, the improved circulation, and increased confidence that are all attributed to exercise.

7. Have more sex: Could it be that simple? Probably. A study out of Pennsylvania has concluded sex actually boosts your immunity. Read up on it here, here, or here.

If all else fails, chug some Emergen-C. It was worth it.

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