Table of Contents
- Common cold facts
- What is the common cold, and what causes it?
- How is the common cold transmitted?
- What are risk factors for acquiring the common cold?
- What are the symptoms and signs of the common cold in adults, children, and infants? What is the incubation period of the common cold?
- Does it have anything to do with exposure to cold weather?
- What is the difference between the common cold and influenza (the flu)?
- What types of doctors treat the common cold?
- How do physicians diagnose the common cold?
- What is the treatment for the common cold? Are there any home remedies for the common cold?
- Are antibiotics a suitable treatment for the common cold?
- When should someone consult a health-care professional?
- What is the prognosis for the common cold? What is the duration of the common cold?
- What are complications of the common cold?
- Is it possible to prevent the common cold?
Are You Too Sick to Work?
First and foremost, consider whether you are putting yourself or others at risk if you go to work. You're putting others at risk if you or your children have a contagious illness (more on that later). You're putting yourself at risk if the symptoms of your condition, or the side effects of medication, could cause you to have an accident on the job, injure others, or produce devastating mistakes in your work product. Putting anyone in harm's way is a clear reason to stay home.
Quick GuideHow to Prevent the Common Cold
Common cold facts
- The common cold is caused by many different viruses.
- The common cold is transmitted by infected airborne droplets or by direct contact with infected secretions.
- Being in cold weather does not cause the common cold.
- Symptoms of the common cold include
- Over-the-counter medications may be used for treatment of the common cold.
- Antibiotics are not necessary for the common cold.
- The common cold is a self-limited condition and can generally be managed at home. Continue Reading
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