Did you know that you can actually experience the common cold any time throughout the year? While the common cold is mostly diagnosed during the colder months, you can actually catch a cold even during the summer!
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridge wants you to know how you can treat the common cold, as well as how to prevent catching the cold in the first place.
Can You Catch a Cold From Cold Weather?
While you might feel the cold weather is what gives you a cold, you cannot catch a cold unless you come in contact with a virus. Unfortunately, the cold virus is extremely contagious.
The reason why it may seem that the cold weather can cause a cold is that colds are more common in the fall and winter. That’s because we usually spend more time indoors that time of year, in close quarters with others who may be infected.
Ways to Prevent a Cold
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Boost your immune system with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
- Avoid contact with others who might be sick with a cold.
How Long Will I Be Sick If I Catch a Cold?
The average longevity of a cold virus is usually around five to seven days. However, you might begin to feel better after as few as three days.
The key is to make sure you stay hydrated and get plenty of rest in order to build up your immune system and help your body fight back against the virus.
Ways to Treat the Common Cold
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take a decongestant or antihistamine, depending on symptoms.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication.
- Utilize a humidifier.
Not feeling at your best? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridge for a quick diagnosis and treatment plan.