Common Cold The Things We need to Know

Posted on Sep 16 2013 - 9:18am by Admin

Cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract which primarily affects the nose and throat. It also known as nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza.

SEASON’S FOR COLD

  • Autumn fall
  • Winter
  • Rainy

VIRUSES CAUSING COLD

  • 110 different Rhinoviruses.
  • 4 to 5 strains of carno virus.

HOW COLD SPREADS ?

  • By Coming in contact with Viral Particles
  • BY Inhaling drops of Mucus containing viruses from the Air.
  • Spread through Respiratory Secretions. (i.s., nasal discharge & phlegm)

SYMPTOMS OF THE COMMON COLD

  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy./Tickly throat
  • Sneezing
  • Water eyes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Mild Hacking Cough
  • Muscle Ache
  • Headache
  • Mild fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nasal Congestion, Sputum Discharge

PREVENTION

  • Avoid contact with viral particles.(ex: pj=hones, kerchiefs atc)
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes with contaminated hands.
  • Use disposable Tissues.
  • Use instant hand sanitizers to stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your nose.

TREATMENT

Some common cold  remedies

  • Pain relievers
  • Decongestant
  • Cough syrups
  • Rest
  • Increased fluid intake.
  • Warm, salt water gargling for sore throat.
  • Warm steam for Congestion.

COMPLICATIONS

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLD AND FLU

Cold Symptoms

  • low or no fever
  • Occasional Headache
  • Stuffy, runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild, Hacking cough
  • Slight aches and pains
  • mild fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Normal energy level

Flu Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Constant headache
  • Clear nose
  • Occasional Sneezing
  • Cough, often becoming severe
  • Often severe aches and pains
  • Several weeks of fatigue
  • Occasional sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion

COMMON COLD STATS

  • 2/4 times  in an year an average Adult suffer with cold.
  • 6-8 times in an year an average child sufer with coold.
  • 50 Million working days are lost  annually in the US.
  • $120 Billion cost of infectious diseases each year in US.
  • 22 Million school days are lost annually in the Us.
  • 200 Viruses are implicated in the cause of the common cold.
  • 80% Of infectious diseases are spread by touch.

 

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