Why Do We Get Colds?
Medical science has made great leaps and bounds over the last century. Unfortunately, these advances seem to have leapt over the common cold. According to the American Lung Association, adults in the United States will catch between two and four colds every year, and children will catch between six and eight.
The virus that causes us to catch a cold enters our body through our nose or mouth and can also spread via contact with a sick person. You can catch a cold even if you don’t remember being around someone who is sick because a person with the cold virus can contaminate you for up to 24 hours before you start to experience cold symptoms.
While there is no cure for the common cold, our primary care doctors can work with you to help you feel better as your body fights off the virus.
Should I Visit a Doctor?
A cold is a viral infection that will clear up on its own in about two weeks. You should visit our primary care facilities if you have a cold accompanied by the following conditions:
- Fainting, or feeling like you are going to faint
- Persistent or severe vomiting
- A cough that lasts for more than 10 days
- Chest pain or pressure with breathing
- Prolonged fever over 103°
- Feeling confused or disoriented
- Labored breathing
- Symptoms that aren’t getting better
How Our Doctors Can Help
There is no specific treatment for the cold virus, but by helping you to treat its symptoms, our primary care physicians can provide you with the relief that you need. They can also monitor your condition to make sure that it does progress to something worse.
They may recommend pain relievers to address a sore throat, headache, and fever that often accompany a cold, as well as recommend nasal decongestants and cough syrups.
Do Not Suffer Any Longer
Although modern medicine has not found a cure for the common cold, it has created a host of treatments to make its symptoms a lot less brutal. Don’t just suffer through a common cold. Visit our primary care facilities, and let our staff of trained and caring medical professionals work with you to address the symptoms of your cold as well as prevent it from becoming something worse. Contact us today!