When winter time is upon us we are more likely to come in contact with infected secretions from contaminated surfaces.
When an individual has the common cold symptoms and is sneezing or coughing, the airborne virus get transferred and can be inhaled as well.
Normally you would move away from an individual that shows the common cold symptoms, but not from contaminated surfaces that you can’t see or avoid touching such as – door knobs, remote controllers and everyday use stuff.
The ones that have a weaker immune system have a much higher chance of caching the virus, and recovery takes much longer.
Common Cold Symptoms
If your throat is feeling a little sore it can be common cold symptom you are experiencing. A sore throat is then followed by other common cold symptoms such as sneezing, feeling fatigue and tired, couching constantly because your throat feels itchy, and your nose is watery and running.
If you are experiencing fever during this time it’s most likely that you have the flu or a bacteria infection and not the common cold.
The beginning of a cold is when your nose drips with water nasal secretion, after a couple of days pass it may also become darker and thicker.
In the process of all this you might also experience “dryness” and “itchiness” of the throat, causing you cough constantly irritating your throat. Normally this symptom will last up until the second week of your common cold.
Ones you have been infected with a cold virus, the common cold symptoms will appear between one to three days after. Typically a common cold lasts from four to twelve days and then it starts to wear off.
Common Cold Symptoms
- Runny (watery) Nose
- Sore Throat
- Stuffy Nose
If you’re common cold is taking longer than twelve days to pass, you most likely have a more severe diseases such as allergies or the flu. Contacting and seeing your healthcare provider is recommended if your experiencing worse and longer symptoms.
Common Cold or The Flu?
An overactive immune system can make you experience the same symptoms as the common cold but instead it’s because of allergies.
Allergies are caused because your body overreacts to substances like pollen or dust, it then releases a chemical known as histamine. Ones this chemical is released your nasal passages can swell up, make your nose watery and you will also experience coughing and sneezing.
One thing about allergies is that it’s not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about others catching it.
If you’re unsure whether your body is experiencing just a common cold or the flu it’s best to take your temperature to find out. A common cold will rarely ever raise your body’s temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit .
Besides your body’s temperature being high you will also experience muscle aches, soreness on your body when touched, a bad headache and ofcourse with fever.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms listed above it’s best to always wash your hands and keep them germ free because the virus is in your mucus, mouth, eyes and nose and can be easily spread.
If you think you have the common cold it’s recommended to rest (sleep) so your immune system can fight it off much faster. If your local gym has a heat sauna then you can easily detox the cold much faster through excessive sweating.