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What are the symptoms of common cold?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

common cold symptoms, cold treatmentCommon cold is something that we have all suffered from a number of times right from the time we were infants. Those repeated sneezing and sore throat is something that we have all become used to and instantly realize that the common cold has caught us! The symptoms of common cold are recognized by most and though the symptoms may be the same, the infection can last for a variable number of days in most. Most of the symptoms of common cold last for about two to twelve days and mostly depend on the intensity of the cold that you have caught. However in the average adult, the common cold only lasts for about a week and the person recovers fully in the next two or three days.

Fever is not natural in case of common cold but young kids and children are known to have serious bouts of fever when they catch cold. Fever can rise up to 104 degree Celsius. In this case a doctor needs to be seen and proper medications needs to be taken. Here is a list of the symptoms of common cold that will help you realize that you have the common cold:

  • Tiredness and exhaustion.
  • Sneezing, cough and headache. The frequency of sneezes is high.
  • Swelling of the sinus.
  • Mucus buildup in the nose that hinders breathing and hence the nose needs to be blown and cleaned frequently.
  • Sore throat. Difficulty in swallowing. Warm beverages feel good to drink.

Simple Steps to Avoid Cold

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

avoid cold, cold treatmentCold and flu are the most common diseases known to man. It is said that on an average people suffer from cold (sometimes accompanied with flu) at least 8 times a year. Even though cold gets cured by itself, it becomes a hindrance in a person’s day to day life. Knowing a few easy ways to keep cold at bay as much as possible can’t hurt. So read on to know more about a few simple tips on how to avoid cold.

A healthy diet

  • Your diet decides your body’s condition. Whatever you eat will be reflected in your health. A lot of green leafy vegetables, fruits and liquids help keep several diseases at bay.
  • Your immune system needs to be strong in order to keep common cold and many other diseases away. So if you wish you could also take some vitamin supplements after consulting with the doctor. Some foods which help in keeping the immune system strong are carrots, broccoli, fish, spinach, mustard, dairy products tomatoes and citrus fruits.
  • Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water. Also a good sleep can help you feel refreshed at all times
  • It has been seen that if a person cuts down on sugar, on a regular basis, he or she is less prone to catching a cold.

Lifestyle

If someone is sick at home, make sure that you don’t come into contact with the person’s bed sheets, towels and clothes. Cold is communicable so be careful. Also don’t go out in the cold weather without protection. Ears, feet and nose are the most vulnerable places when it comes to catching a cold.