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How Can I Find Relief From the Common Cold?

The common cold is just that—very common. This viral infection spreads quickly and rampantly through the air, and it's especially common during the winter, when we're in close quarters with others more often.

But while colds are common, you don't have to suffer. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to offer some tips to help you get back to feeling your best as quickly as possible.

How Can I Stop a Common Cold in Its Tracks?

This answer has two parts—first, you can stop a cold in its track by preventing it in the first place. Take steps to boost your immune system this winter by eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, making sure you're getting plenty of quality sleep, not smoking and practicing stress management techniques.

Once you actually have a cold, though, you can take steps to find relief through basic at-home care.

Treatment of a Common Cold

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Try over-the-counter medications to alleviate symptoms.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Sip warm liquids or try a throat lozenge to soothe a sore throat.
  • Add moisture to the air.

When Are You Contagious With a Cold?

Unfortunately, you're contagious even before you start exhibiting symptoms! That's part of the reason why the cold virus is so easy to spread.

If you start exhibiting any of the symptoms of the common cold, practice good hygiene to avoid potentially spreading the illness to others. Wash your hands regularly, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and be sure to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

Symptoms of a Cold

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever

Is it a common cold or the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today. No appointment is necessary!

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