Well, it’s already gotten me this year. Yep, that nasty little thing we call the common cold. I have the sniffles, a sore throat, fatigue and the doctor says it’s just a cold. So, since I’m sick, I figured I’d look into what exactly the common cold is and share it with all of you!
At any point, you can use the links in the Article Sections to jump ahead to different parts, rather than going through it page by page.
Introduction – Here you will learn what the common cold is, how often you’re likely to get it, as well as, how long it will be before you’re feeling better.
Signs and Symptoms – Here you will learn what the symptoms of the common cold are.
Causes – Are you curious as to how you caught your cold? If so, this section explains how you can catch a cold.
Risk Factors – This is where you will learn about some of the risk factors that allow you to catch the common cold, as well as, which seasons you will be more susceptible to catching it in.
When to Seek Medical Advice – This is an important section. It tells you when you should seek medical advice. For example, you should when you have a high fever, a fever with the sweats or chills, etc. There is also a special listing of when you should seek medical care for your child if they have a cold.
Complications – This section lists some of the complications that can occur with the common cold, such as ear infections, sinusitis, wheezing or secondary infections.
Treatment – Since there is no cure for the common cold and antibiotics are useless to fight it, you may want to know how you best can treat your cold. Your options are pain relievers, decongestants and cough syrup. For more detailed information, check this section out.
Prevention – One of the best ways you can take care of yourself is to take precautions that will help prevent you from catching a cold. You can learn all about them here and if you guessed that hand washing is on the list of things you can do, you’d be right. In fact, it is number one on the prevention list!
Self-Care – Here you will learn other things you can do to take care of yourself when you are ill with a common cold. I personally adore those shower soother things you can put in your shower and they make a vapor from the steam. They’re awesome!
Well, I hope this will keep you all from getting a cold this time of year. I know I’m definitely going to remember these things for the future. Take care!