Most of us will catch a cold 2 to 4 times a year. But did you ever wonder what exactly a cold is? Simply, it’s a contagious viral infection that can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. It can be spread by the airborne droplets of coughs and sneezes. A person can be contagious from the day before the illness breaks out until 1 to 3 days after they feel better. And symptoms typically appear 2 to 3 days after infection.
When you’re suffering from a cold, you’ll do just about anything to get rid of it. But avoid antibiotics. Because antibiotics specifically treat bacteria not viruses, they’re useless. Thankfully Otrivin® nasal sprays can help unblock your nose and make life more bearable. Don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids to keep you hydrated and help flush out infection.
A cold is spread by inhaling the virus, or by touching infected objects, such as pens, keyboards and phones, and then touching your eyes or mouth. So preventing it begins with cleaning your hands regularly. And when you think about it, that’s a healthy habit to get into any time, as is staying fit to help your immune system fight off infection. You might also want to avoid crowded places where the risk of catching someone else’s cold may be higher.
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