The common cold is the viral infection of your upper respiratory tracts which comprises of Nose and Throat. Although in theory it seems harmless, it can be uncomfortable to experience common cold, as it brings about clogged sinuses which causes heavy headedness and so on.
It is safe to say common cold heals in 7 days with medication and heals in a week without medication.
Common cold cannot be treated with medication unless it poses to be debilitating as antivirals exist only for some of the virus strains.
Read below to know the symptoms of common cold:
Symptoms of common cold usually appear 2-3 days post infection. The signs and symptoms may vary from person to person.
- Stuffy or Runny nose
- Sore Throat
- Joint Pains
- Low grade fever
Common cold usually has a cyclical infection phase. It begins as gentle pains and aches, peaks as severe aches, fever and wears off as fatigue and before you know it you are back to being fit as a fiddle.
It is ideal to visit a doctor if the symptoms of common cold do not subside within 10 days of infection.
The most common causes of cold are :
Although many types of viruses can cause a common cold, rhinoviruses are the most common agents for common cold. These viruses enter your body through mouth, nose and eyes. The virus can be spread through droplets in the air. When an infected person sneezes or coughs without covering. It can also spend by hand to hand contact, sharing contaminated objects and by fomites.
The common secondary complications of common cold are as follows:
- Acute Ear infection
- Sinus infection
Common Cold has no vaccination as precaution. It can be prevented by hygienic methods, steering clear from infected individuals and washing hands before consuming food.
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