Did you know that children tend to have about six to 10 common colds each year?
Seems crazy, right? But colds are a contagious and common condition, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants to arm you with some information about them.
What Causes a Common Cold?
When you are diagnosed with a common cold, it means you have an upper respiratory tract infection that could be caused by a number of different viruses. Most common cold viruses are spread through virus-infected, airborne droplets or by coming in direct contact with someone who is experiencing common cold symptoms.
Although the cold weather does not cause the common cold in and of itself, it can promote the spread of the cold virus. That’s because when it’s cold outside, we seek warmth indoors, often in close quarters with other people.
Ways to Prevent a Cold
- Try not to touch your face.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid coming in contact with someone who is experiencing common cold symptoms.
- Disinfect common surfaces regularly.
- Do not smoke.
How Long Does a Cold Last?
While the worst of the cold seems to last only about three days, the timeframe in which you can be experiencing a few symptoms of the common cold is about four to 10 days.
Fortunately, there are certain treatment methods you can try in order to find relief from your common cold as soon as possible.
Common Cold Treatments
- Add moisture to the air.
- Stay hydrated.
- Combat stuffiness, aches or a sore throat using OTC meds.
- Sip warm liquids.
Are you feeling under the weather? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chelmsfordtoday for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!