The average cold lasts seven to 10 days, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Ten days? No thanks.

Unless you want to waste all your PTO days on a miserable cold, listen up. What you eat and how your go about your day can have a profound effect on how long your cold will stick around. It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about any sickness, but our expert Angela Lemond, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gave us some insight on what foods and habits tend to keep you blowing your nose for days.

If you just can't kick your cold, one of these seven things could be the cause.