February 22, 2017
Table of Contents
- Common cold facts
- What is the common cold? What causes the common cold?
- How is the common cold transmitted?
- How long is the common cold contagious?
- What are risk factors for acquiring the common cold?
- What are the symptoms and signs of the common cold in adults, children, and infants? What is the incubation period of the common cold?
- Does it have anything to do with exposure to cold weather?
- What are the stages of the common cold?
- Common cold vs. flu (influenza)
- What types of doctors treat the common cold?
- How do health care professionals diagnose the common cold?
- What is the treatment for the common cold? Are there any home remedies for the common cold?
- Are antibiotics a suitable treatment for the common cold?
- When should someone consult a health care professional?
- What is the prognosis for the common cold? What is the duration of the common cold?
- What are complications of the common cold?
- Is it possible to prevent the common cold?
- Where can people find more information about the common cold?
Common cold facts
- The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by many different viruses.
- The common cold is transmitted by infected airborne droplets or by direct contact with infected secretions.
- Being in cold weather does not cause the common cold.
- Symptoms of the common cold include
- Over-the-counter medications may be used for treatment of the common cold.
- Antibiotics are not necessary for the common cold.
- The common cold is a self-limited disease that can generally be managed at home. The common cold has no cure, and there is no available vaccine.
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