The Common Cold
Over two hundred different viruses cause the common cold, and nothing can prevent it. Rhinovirus is the most common cause and is spread by close contact with others. The risk of contracting a cold is highest in infants, individuals with weakened immune systems, and older adults. Colds are the most common in the fall and winter months. The first signs include congestion, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and body aches. Symptoms are usually the worst after two to three days and subside by one to two weeks.
Use Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil to eliminate common cold symptoms. Complications can include hospitalization for babies who may have trouble breathing. Treatment is typically home remedies and rest, though sometimes medicine can help manage symptoms. Prevention includes frequent hand-washing, Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, and staying away from sick individuals.