How long do colds last?

The most infectious disease in the US is the common cold. It is a virus called the rhinovirus and they could be “caught” through droplets in the air or in whatever we touch.

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The virus gets through the lining of the nose and throat. The immune system is then triggered and thus cause a headache, sore throat and even make it harder for us to breathe.

There are so many myths out there as to the cause of catching a cold as in: being outside when there is a draft, not dressing warmly when there’s a chill outside, or even going outside when the hair wet and even getting caught in the rain and not getting in the shower to “wash the rain off” OR, better yet, getting wet in the rain! These reasons do NOT cause the common cold.

How long does a cold last? It varies however it is said to take 7 days up to 10 days for the cold to linger. The cold itself does not appear until after 2 or 3 days from the time the patient has been exposed. The patient with a cold will be most contagious 3 or 4 days after the symptoms come up however the patient cold still be contagious for up to 3 weeks. The cold usually dries up within a week – this is how long does a cold last.

Sometimes, how long does a cold last, the symptom could be but overnight. Some patients would have a sore throat by the time they go to bed. Maybe it’s the rest that they need ‘cause by the time they get up in the morning either the sore throat has subsided or be it due to drinking warm tea and eating chicken soup that the symptom would go away. So it may take up to 24 hours for how long does a cold last.

Most of the time, a patient coming down with a cold, would feel ran down. Feeling tired and achy, perhaps a headache could be present, sore throat – how long does a cold last could be as long as the symptoms are around and that would be about a week to 10 days or even up to 14 days. When the body is feeling better, the runny nose may linger, but it’s not something the body could not handle.

How long does a cold last also depends if there is an infection present. The presence of a sinus infection could make the cold linger longer. Sinus infection is very painful and debilitating and is usually cleared with antibiotics.

If you are feeling tired, go ahead and rest – your body needs it. There are so many home remedies available to get rid of the cold. Besides over the counter medications, taking a warm shower could help clear the sinuses. Steam bath with mentholated medication could help clear the sinuses too. Taking large doses of vitamin C could help fight the common cold as well. To avoid catching a cold, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water frequently especially if around anyone with a cold. Avoid touching your face as much for you may transfer the virus from your hands to your nose and mouth. If you are the one with a cold – keep your sneeze to yourself as well as your cough. Drinking a warm tea with lemon could help rid of that sore throat as well as taking a teaspoon of honey with some lemon juice. Although there are no proven studies that say chicken soup could help get rid of the cold, people swear by it so go ahead and grab a cup of chicken soup!

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