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What is the common cold?

The common cold usually comes with a combination of the following cold symptoms; blocked nose, runny nose, sneezing, fever, sore throat, cough, headache and body pain. Pre–school age children have about six colds per year. The incidence of colds decreases to two or three per year in adults. Adults seem to acquire new infections in the home rather than at the workplace.

What is common cold?

The common cold is a viral infectious disease. It is actually the most frequent infectious disease in man. The common cold can really disrupt the family life as many cough and cold symptoms are experienced at the same time. At the peak of the cold the head is pounding, the nose is blocked and fever can be experienced.

That's when we want to care and restore the enjoyment of the family life again by treating a cold in the most gentle but effective way.

What are the symptoms of the common cold?

The following symptoms are typical for a common cold:
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The common cold usually starts with a sore throat and/or blocked or runny nose. In average the common cold lasts between 7–10 days. The full recovery can take up to 3 weeks.

What causes the common cold?

The common cold is caused by viruses – mostly rhinoviruses. Unfortunately we can hardly get any immunity from those viruses because there are more than 200 different types of viruses which can cause the common cold.

The most common way to ‘‘catch a cold’’ is to pick up a rhinovirus with the fingertip and introduce it into the eye or nose. Transmission of rhinovirus to the fingertips can occur directly by a handshake or indirectly if an infected person has contaminated the environment with nasal secretion containing rhinovirus, e.g. sneezing. About 40–50% of commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs or supermarket trolleys are contaminated with viruses! Inhalation of the virus by a small particle aerosol occurs (if a cold sufferer is sneezing or coughing) but is not considered to be a main route of transmission.


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