The common cold lives up to its name ━ most adults have 1-3 bouts with the viral infection each year. The cold has no cure, but there are a number of ways you can manage your symptoms. Many people often mistake other conditions for cold symptoms, so it’s important to see a doctor if they become severe or unusual. Lilette Daumas, MD, in Houston, Texas, can provide a diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations if you’re under the weather. Call the office today or set up an appointment online.
A common cold is a viral infection that occurs in your upper respiratory system. Usually, a cold is a minor but unpleasant illness that passes in 5-10 days. A cold can be caused by many different viruses, and children under 6 are especially susceptible to them.
After being exposed to a cold-causing virus, you can expect to see symptoms in 1-3 days, and these symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Usually a cold causes:
As the cold runs its course, the discharge from your nose may become thicker and turn a dark green or yellow color. This is not a sign of infection, a common misconception.
Adults should see a doctor if they experience:
Children don’t need to go to the doctor for the average cold, but if they experience severe symptoms or symptoms that don’t diminish over time, they may need a physical exam to determine if something other than a cold is involved.
Children should immediately see a doctor if they have a rising fever or have a fever at all for more than two days.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold; treatment is instead aimed at managing and reducing the symptoms. Colds are caused by viruses, not bacteria, so antibiotics are ineffective against them. Instead, you can try pain relievers, nasal decongestants, and cough syrups to soothe the various side effects. Drinking plenty of fluids and resting are important parts of recovery as well.
If you or your child has a cold, call the office today for more information or make an appointment online to see Dr. Daumas today.