During this cold season I thought I would share what has helped me avoid getting really sick. I use Zicam Gel in my nose every day - twice a day. They say all colds begin in your nose. Zicam prevents the cold virus from replicating, so even if you get a cold, it will be very mild. Also gargle with the best mouthwash to kill germs which is Cepacol. I did get a cold and as usual, I always have a problem with my ears/hearing. I guess due to post nasal drip after the cold. I took the antibiotic Z Pack - then used the nasal spray Nasonex. Nasonex works beautifully - it does not make you sleepy - it is a cortisone product that shrinks the membranes. I can now hear again.