Runny nose. Sore throat. Sneezing. Maybe it’s a cold.
Understanding a cold
Sometimes, that sore throat just comes out of nowhere. And then you’re sneezing. And then your nose won’t stop running. Where do you go for relief?
Almost everyone has had a common cold at one point or another. The fact that it’s so common is what makes it even more frustrating that antibiotics can’t make it go away. That’s because colds are caused by viruses that are most prevalent during the cold season, which spans from about October to April. A cold usually lasts a week to ten days.
It’s often hard to tell the difference between the common cold, allergies, and the flu, so we’re here to break down the symptoms for you.
What are common cold symptoms?
Symptoms of a cold include nasal congestion, runny nose (the clear and watery kind), sneezing, sore throat, and cough.
You usually don’t feel feverish when you have a cold, just a little tired and under the weather. If you’re experiencing these symptoms and you’re also running a fever, then it might be a sign you have the flu. You may be suffering from an allergy instead if you have a stuffy or runny nose, accompanied by itchy eyes, a rash, or even breathing problems.
What are common causes?
Colds are caused by viruses and enter your body through the nose, mouth, and eyes. There are two very common ways to catch a common cold. You can breathe in the virus when you’re in a confined space. So, so sharing an office, bus, train, or plane with someone who’s sick can put you at risk. The cold virus can also be transmitted through touch. Anything that has been touched by a sick person could infect you if you accidentally touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands.
How to prevent catching a cold?
It’s important to always wash your hands, especially during common cold seasons. Likewise, don’t share drinks or food with others who are feeling under the weather. Avoid touching your face and be mindful of touching frequently used objects such as doors and hand railings.
Colds can linger and sometimes turn into something more serious, like the flu or a bacterial invention. To help your recovery, it’s important to rest and drink lots of fluids, but if symptoms don’t improve, stop by your local vybe urgent care and be seen.