We treat the Common Cold at Faith Medical Clinic.
The common cold affects your upper respiratory tract, such as the nose and throat. You're likely to feel under the weather, but a cold is usually harmless. A cold is viral, and here are several viruses that can contribute to one.
The people most likely to get colds are children under six. However, even healthy adults get colds, usually two or three times yearly.
In most cases, a cold is easy to recover from in seven to ten days. When symptoms last for longer, it is a good idea to follow up with your doctor.
People with compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory diseases may take longer to recover. Smokers may also take longer to recover from the effects of a common cold.
What Are the Symptoms of a Cold?
In most cases, someone who has contracted a common cold virus will have symptoms one to three days after exposure. Even though each person will likely have different symptoms, there are some signs that are typical of people living through a common cold.
A stuffy nose or a runny nose, including alternating between the two, is common. When your nose is runny, the discharge might be green or yellow or get thicker while the cold runs its course. Although this might seem alarming, it does not mean that you have a bacterial infection.
Some people dealing with a cold have a sore throat or cough. Congestion and sneezing are also likely when you have a common cold. You may also have a headache.
Body aches that are rather minor are common, as well as a low-grade fever. You may also have a general feeling of malaise, or feeling unwell.
When Should You Contact a Doctor?
If you have a fever that exceeds 101.3 F, lasts more than five days, or comes back after breaking, you should call a doctor. Shortness of breath or wheezing are also issues of concern.
You should also get in touch with a doctor if your sore throat, sinus pain, or headache become severe. Symptoms this severe may indicate another type of infection instead of a common cold.
When Should You Call Your Child's Pediatrician?
A fever over 100.4 F in an infant under 12 weeks old, or, in the case of older children, a fever that lasts more than two days or a rising fever. Being unusually fussy is also a cause for concern.
Having a severe headache or cough, wheezing, or ear pain is a reason to contact your child's pediatrician about a common cold. Also, watch for your child having unusual drowsiness or a lack of appetite.
What Causes a Cold and What Are Risk Factors?
Rhinoviruses are the most common viruses that cause colds, and they enter through the mucus membranes in the nose, mouth, and eyes. Coughs, sneezes, and talking can release droplets into the air that allow the virus to spread.
Hand-to-hand contact with an infected person can spread the virus. Sharing objects that have been used by someone with a common cold, like phones, toys, towels, or utensils can contribute to the virus's spread. Touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching a contaminated object can increase your chances of catching a cold.
Fall and winter are the seasons when the common cold is most active, but these viruses circulate year-round. Children under six, especially daycare students, are at risk of developing colds. Exposure to large groups of people, such as on crowded flights, increases the risk for all age groups.
People with weak immune systems, such as those living with chronic conditions, may catch colds much more easily. Smokers or those exposed to secondhand smoke also get colds more easily.
Complications from a Cold
An ear infection can occur when a common cold virus enters the area behind the eardrum. Earaches are a common symptom, along with yellow or green nasal discharge or a fever.
Catching a cold can cause asthma patients to have an asthma attack. A sinus infection is also possible if common cold symptoms do not resolve on their own.
Adults are at risk of secondary infections like bronchitis or strep throat, and children are at high risk for croup. These types of infections will require treatment to be gotten under control.
Faith Medical Clinic in Canyon, TX can help you and your family with all your common cold treatment needs.