The Common Cold

The upper respiratory system is infected in the common cold. It is caused by a viral infection which primarily involves the rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. The common cold is the most common infection in humans today. The average person contracts it at least once a year and often more than that.

It usually takes the virus about two to six hours before it starts replicating in the human body. Symptoms will usually start showing up a few days after this. Research demonstrates that the symptoms may begin as early as 10 hours after initial infection. There is not a cure for the common cold, but the body is usually able to get rid of it in 7 to 10 days.

Infection usually starts when there is contact to the eyes, nose or mouth with the virus. This is often the result of touching these areas with our hands. Washing your hands regularly can help to prevent the cold. You should be aware of objects and surfaces that others have touched who are infected with the cold. Studies now demonstrate that viruses can live longer on objects than originally thought in the past.

It is important to understand the pros and cons of using over the counter medication for colds and coughs. They can help with the symptoms but they do not prevent or shorten the duration of the cold virus.

It is also important to understand that these medications often have adverse side effects. They have actually been shown to make symptoms worse in some cases. Researchers have demonstrated that these medications are harmful for children under the age of two. Companies that produce the medication have made “do not use” labels for children under the age of four. Acetaminophen or Tylenol has been well known to cause serious liver damage.

Being in a humid environment can help. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions. This may be another reason why colds are more common in the winter. Dry air will dry up the mucous membranes making it easier for cold viruses to replicate. This will result in becoming congested. Using a humidifier or breathing in steam can help prevent this. If you don’t have access to a humidifier, you can boil water and use the steam from that. Be careful not to get to close to the steam as it can burn you. You can also have a hot shower and use the steam from that.

Many people use chiropractic to help prevent colds and keep their immune system healthy. The nervous system controls every other system in the body including the immune system. Bones that are misplaced in the body often cause irritation to the nervous, resulting in decreased function of the nervous system. Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct these problems. Many report having fewer colds and being much healthier with regular chiropractic treatment.

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