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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

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.


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