QUIZ: How praning (paranoid) are you about catching a cold this rainy season?

The common cold may not sound so threatening, but it sure can be annoying or debilitating. And it’s so hard to prevent too!

A cold infection usually begins as the cold virus enters the nose, eyes, or mouth, and makes it into the cavity behind our nose. The cold virus will begin to replicate itself, and the symptoms begin as a reaction from our immune system.

Caused by over 300 different kinds of viruses that continuously evolve, colds are difficult to prevent completely, and a cure is hard to pinpoint. Its treatment is so elusive that over the centuries of man’s existence, we’ve created all kinds of remedies. Some of these may help, while some may stem from too much paranoia or are almost superstitious in nature.

Most cold medications may work by giving relief from the symptoms as they progress. Other ways to avoid getting a cold may include making sure your immune system is in top shape by taking care of your body, whether that’s through proper exercise and diet, good sleep, and drinking plenty of water, and supplementing with multivitamins.

Then there are early intervention treatments and devices like nasal sprays such as the new Vicks First Defence.

Vicks First Defence is designed as a nasal spray that is clinically proven to help stop a cold in its tracks when used at first signs. It has a microgel formula that helps trap the cold viruses that start to develop at the back of the nose and helps reduce the chances of them developing. It helps inactivate the cold viruses, reducing their ability to multiply and spread the infection. It then helps remove cold viruses by flushing them out from the nose or down into the stomach. 

Some would suggest measures like avoiding cold temperatures, making sure you wear enough layers when outside, or avoiding falling asleep with wet hair. Others believe in leaving out a bowl of onions and garlic or overloading their diets with garlic and citrus fruits as preventive measures.

Have you ever fallen for old wives’ tales about colds? Maybe you’re the type to balance it out with some science-backed techniques? Or perhaps you bring in a mix of all kinds of remedies just to make sure your bases are covered.

Let’s find out if you may be too praning (paranoid), or if you may need to take things a little more seriously through this quiz.

Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray

Vicks First Defence is a nasal spray that helps to stop a cold when used at first signs. It can be applied 2-3 sprays per nostril, up to 4 times a day (for 4 days). It can be used by people who show early signs of a cold, people who are at high risk of getting a cold, or those buying cough and cold products for themselves and for their families.

Studies (1, 2) have shown that Vicks First Defence is clinically proven to help reduce the time and severity of a cold when used at the proper time. Vicks recommends the spray to be used when you feel the first signs of a cold, which include having a scratchy throat, tickly nose, or sneezing. If symptoms persist beyond 4 days, please consult your doctor.

To learn more about the new Vicks First Defence, you can visit Vicks’ official Facebook page and Vicks’ official website.

Get your Vicks First Defence in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide!

You may also buy Vicks First Defence online at Watsons. Download the Watsons App: http://bit.ly/WatsonsMobileAppr shop online: Watsons Website, Lazada, or Shopee. – Rappler.com

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

Vicks First Defence is not a cure or treatment against COVID-19 and its symptoms.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. 

ASC Reference Code: P147P090721VS


  1. (2005) Satellite Symposium, Logopedics Phoniatics Vocology, 30:supl, 41-47.
  2. Giranda VI, Heinz Ba, Oliveira Ma, Minor I, Kim Kh, Kolatkar Pr, Rossmann Mg, Rueckert Rr. (1992) Acid-induced Structural Changes in Human Rhinovirus 14: Possible Role in Uncoating. Proc NatlAcad Sci Usa, 89(21): 10213-17.
  3. https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/influenza/facts-about-the-common-cold
Vicks First Defence

Vicks First Defence helps stop a cold in its tracks when used at first signs. Read label before use. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

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