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Common Cold

What is a Cold?

    • Colds are minor infections of the nose and throat caused by more than 200 different viruses. Rhinovirus is the most common cause, accounting for 10 to 40 percent of colds.

    • A cold may last for about one week, but some colds last longer, especially in children, elderly people, and those in poor health.
    • Colds are highly contagious. They most often spread when droplets of fluid that contain a cold virus are transferred by touch. These droplets may also be inhaled
    • Adults get an average of two to four colds per year.
    • Young children suffer from an average of six to eight colds per year.

Symptoms start between one and three days after a cold virus enters the body

Disclaimer:
Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

How to Prevent a Cold?

Colds are extremely difficult to prevent entirely. The following suggestions may help:

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a cold, especially during the first few days when they are most likely to spread the infection.
  • Wash hands after touching someone who has a cold, after touching an object they have touched, and after blowing your nose. If a child has a cold, wash his or her toys after play
  • Keep fingers away from your nose and eyes to avoid infecting yourself with cold virus particles you may have been picked up.

 

When you have a cold, drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest.

Over the counter decongestants may relieve stuffy nose, however, a doctor’s advise is needed if you have the following health problems – diabetes, glaucoma, heart problems, high blood pressure, prostate and thyroid problems.

References:
www.lung.org
www.cdc.gov

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/head-cold-symptoms.html
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