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Colds

The Common Cold is a viral infection caused by any one of over 200 viruses.

What to look for
Symptoms include Runny Nose, Red Eyes, Sneezing, Sore Throat, Dry Cough,
Headache, General Body Aches, Fever, Tired feeling.

Causes
More than 200 different viruses are known to cause the symptoms of the common cold. Some, such as the rhinoviruses, seldom produce serious illnesses. Others, such as parainfluenza and respiratory syncytial virus, produce mild infections in adults but can precipitate severe lower respiratory infections in young children.

Dietary Considerations
An intake of Vitamin C and Zinc may prove to be helpful in relieving the symptoms of a cold.

When to seek further professional help
If you experience any of the above symptoms your doctor can prescribe medicine to relive pain and fever.

Alternative Treatment

Alternative medicines such as zinc and Echinacea may help prevent the onset of common cold symptoms or shorten the duration of symptoms.

Traditional Treatment

There is no cure for the common cold.
Plenty of rest and drinking adequate amounts of fluid are both very important in treating a cold.
Prescription and non-prescription products only help alleviate or reduce the symptoms of a cold.
 Analgesics (pain relievers) help relieve body aches, sore throat and reduce fever.
 Expectorants help improve chest congestion and mucous drainage.
Nasal decongestants help relieve nasal stuffiness.
Cough suppressants help relieve the dry cough associated with a cold.
Antihistamines may have some effect in relieving a runny nose and watery eyes.
Antibiotics will not cure or prevent a cold nor will antibiotics help treat the symptoms of a cold.
 

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-19