Sat-Thu:9.00 -23.00   Fri: 9.00 -12.00, 22.00 -23.00
+971 2 6767 366
info@aesmc.com
THE INFAMOUS COMMON COLD EXPLAINED
Blog / Healthy Tips
January 21, 2021
By Admin

Common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract which consists of the nose and throat. Although symptoms may interfere with your everyday function, common cold is not a serious illness and usually leaves the body after a few days. Everyone has been through this disease–– runny nose, sore throat, and cough. But how are we catching the common cold?

Although there are 200 types of viruses that cause the disease like respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, and coronavirus, the rhinovirus is the main culprit of most common cold cases. It is almost everywhere during early fall, spring, and winter, making itself responsible for 50% of colds in humans. Moreover, rhinovirus thrive in temperatures 33–35 °C, the temperatures found in the nose.

A common cold virus is sneaky. If someone who is sick coughs, sneezes, or even talks, the virus will spread through the droplets in the air and enter through another person’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid sharing utensils, phones, drinks, and other things that have been used by someone with a cold; the virus can also leave its mark on objects that a sick person touches.

What increases one’s risk of catching a common cold depends on a variety of factors. The virus can easily penetrate weak immune systems. Smoking also attracts the virus and can even lead to much worse diseases. Other factors such as age in which children younger than six years old have higher chances of getting a common cold, seasons such as fall, spring, and winter where the virus is more active, and exposure to a lot of people where anyone may have the disease, should also be monitored.

Symptoms of common cold

We have all been through a common cold. Adults may catch a cold two to three times a year while children get the disease six to eight times. Common cold symptoms include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Feeling unwell

Common cold prevention

Expect the disease to go away in a week. However, nothing feels better than having no disease at all. You can prevent having a common cold by simply incorporating habits that can strengthen your immune system keeping yourself cautious and clean. Always wash your hands as many times as you can, regularly disinfect your belongings, don’t share your stuff with other people, distance yourself from people with common cold, and drink lots of vitamin c.

Recent

    World Liver Day
    Internal Medicine
    May 4, 2021
    Asthma Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
    World Liver Day
    Internal Medicine
    April 19, 2021
    Live Longer with a Healthy Liver
    Pediatrics
    April 1, 2021
    How To Be A Loving Parent To An Autistic Child
    Healthy Tips
    March 11, 2021
    6 Signs Of Kidney Disease You Shouldn’t Ignore.
    Women Health
    March 8, 2021
    Women Physicians Who Changed The Course Of Medicine.
    Healthy Tips
    March 7, 2021
    7 Most Common Sports Injuries.
    Gynaecology
    Feb 27, 2021
    Learning How To Live With Pcos.
    Internal Medicine
    February 27, 2021
    Getting Asthma Under Control.
    Healthy Tips
    Jan 21, 2021
    The Infamous Common Cold Explained.
    ENT
    Jan 19, 2021
    Hear Your Ears Out! Earphones Can Cause Hearing Loss.
    Dentistry
    Dec 26, 2020
    5 Reasons To Go For Teeth Whitening.
    Woman's Health
    Oct 13, 2020
    The Hidden Side Of Breast Cancer.