The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, including the throat, nose, sinus cavities, Eustachian tubes, trachea, larynx and very often the bronchial tubes. While more than 200 different viruses can cause the common cold, roughly 35% – 50% are caused by a group known as rhinoviruses. Almost all colds clear up in less than two weeks with few complications.
Although most colds resolve without complications, they are a leading cause of visits to the doctor and of time lost from both work and school. Treating the symptoms of the common cold has given rise to a multi-million dollar industry in over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
Cold season in the United States begins in early autumn and extends through early spring, and the most common cold symptoms can include our checklist below. Remember that while every cold is different, certain symptoms of the common cold are very common and occur with almost every incarnation. Learn the most common symptoms of the common cold, so you can decide if you have a cold or something else.
- Watery Eyes
- Itching in Eyes, Nose or Throat
- Feeling Tired
Keep in mind that there are no medicines that will cure the common cold. Given an appropriate amount of time, your immune system will produce antibodies to fight the infection, allowing the common cold to be resolved without the outside intervention of any medical professionals. “Waiting it out” does not appeal to everyone, giving rise to a pharmaceutical industry supplying over-the-counter medications designed to relieve congestion and a host of symptoms.
It is important to note that antibiotics are useless against a cold.
Remember that the doctors from MD247 review common medical maladies for members of the supplemental telemedicine program every day. Program members are encouraged to talk with a doctor regarding any and all symptoms.
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