How to manage symptoms of a common cold and what you need to do it
- According to the CDC, colds are the primary reason adults miss work and children miss school. There are millions of cases of this common infectious illness in the US each year.
- On average, adults come down with two or three colds every year. Although a cold typically lasts around a week, and there is no cure, there are ways to make yourself more comfortable while your immune system fights off the invading virus, including the Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($39.99) and our eight other suggestions below.
- These products are recommended for common cold in adults. If your child is suffering from a cold, please consult your pediatrician for recommendations to manage symptoms.
We've all experienced them: The runny and yet simultaneously stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, fatigue, and general feeling of "I'm not so sick I need a doctor, but I sure wish I was still in bed" that are the hallmarks of the common cold. According to Harvard Health, over 200 different viruses can cause this miserable but generally not too serious illness, but the most common by far are rhinoviruses.
You can't catch a cold merely by getting chilled or wet; it takes exposure to someone infected with the virus or contact with contaminated surfaces to spread this common malady. Once exposed to the virus, you'll generally start to show symptoms within one to three days and feel under the weather for five to 10 days.
While there still is no cure for the common cold, and no magical treatment to instantly dispel its symptoms, there are definitely ways to help your body fight off the infection and feel a little better while doing so. Here are nine tips for getting rid of a cold as quickly and comfortably as possible.
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