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What Are the Stages of a Common Cold?

    Basic Common Cold

    • The cold is a virus and can last about one to two weeks. About 1 billion people in the United States suffer from colds yearly. Colds cause children and adults to miss more school and workdays than any other illness.

    Causes of A Common Cold

    • Cold Season StartsImage by, courtesy of Dee Q8

      A person catches a cold when someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, because the virus is airborne. There are hundreds of viruses that can cause a cold, but the most common one and the one that is likely to make you sickest is the rhinovirus.

    Cold Symptoms

    • Symptoms of a cold include runny or stuffy nose, nasal discharge, swelling of sinuses, sneezing, sore throat, coughing and headache.

    Cold Treatments

    • There is no real cure for a cold, but you can rest in bed, drink lots of fluids, gargle with warm salty water, and take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen for headache or fever.

    Cold Prevention

    • Wash your hands often! It is the most common effective method to keep from getting a cold,

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