Cold, Flu, & Cough

Caused by hundreds of different viruses, the common cold is an infection of upper respiratory tract – your nose and throat. It is generally harmless, even though it might not feel that way at the time. The signs of cold is sneezing, runny nose, sratchy throat, and cough and symptoms usually vary significantly for every patient.

Children have the greatest risk of catching colds, but even adults get to catch few colds each year. The most typical virus for common cold is rhinovirus, causing an estimated 10% to 40% of colds followed by coronaviruses with approximately 20% of the colds.

Flu is a common name for Influenza, a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu often appears in the winter months and influenza virus infects the body through the upper and/or lower respiratory system.

Cold Vs Flu – Do You Have a Flu or Cold?

Cold vs Flu

When you have a running nose, you sneeze than is normal and are coughing; you may be wondering whether you have a cold or flu. These two ailments are somehow difficult to tell apart. However, there are some remarkable differences between cold vs flu. The first difference that you need to understand is that they are both respiratory illnesses which are caused by different viruses. For this reason, they will affect you differently even though there are some symptoms that can be somewhat similar. The flu is generally more serious when compared to the common cold.

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What Causes a Cold

There are actually over 200 different viruses that are known to cause a cold. We can all universally agree that the symptoms that accompany a cold are miserable. But there are three main viruses that tend to stand out among the 200 viruses leading to a cold. They are:

  • the Rhinovirus (responsible for 10%-40% of colds);
  •  the Coronaviruses (responsible for around 20% of colds); and
  • the Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (responsible for 10%)

Let’s examine each and identify the hand they play in your catching a cold this winter. Read more »

12 Natural Cold Remedies

Do you feel miserable from your nasty cold symptoms?  We have 12 different cold remedies that you can try at home right now to start feeling better now.

Cold Remedy 1

cold remedy 1

To break your congestion up, drink lots of fluids.  Drinking juice or water will help with keeping your throat moist and prevent dehydration.  Every day you should drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water (8 ounces per glass).  Your fluid intake can include water, ginger ale, fruit drinks, herbal teas and sports drinks.  Homemade chicken soup can also be helpful.  Limit the amount of coffee, cola and other caffeinated beverages that your drink.  They can act as diuretics and you could end up dehydrated. Read more »

Common Cold Treatment

Common Cold Treatment

Everyone knows that there isn’t a cure for the common cold. There are some common cold treatment options that could help you get over the virus quicker and get you feeling back to normal at a much faster rate.

There is no treatment better than getting plenty of rest to relieve you from cold symptoms. When you are experiencing a cold you should try to sleep as long as possible. If you can, don’t set the alarm that night and get a full eight hours of sleep.

Another thing that remains important for trying to flush out the virus sooner is staying hydrated. This can be accomplished by simply drinking water. Staying hydrated might also improve your mood during a cold and help your body restore itself. Read more »

Cold Symptoms

How long does it take for cold symptoms to start showing up? Well, most physicians agree that it takes about 1-4 days for cold symptoms to catch up with you after the virus is introduced to your body. It might start with a burning sensation in your nasal passages or perhaps your throat? Later you will start to notice sneezing and nose that just wont stop running. You might also feel a little tired as the cold progresses.

 

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You need to make sure that you stay home during the early symptoms of a cold if you possibly can. This is the period in which you are most contagious. I am sure that you do not want to make the people around you ill. Read more »

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