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There are more than 150 viruses that can cause colds, these viruses infect the upper respiratory tract and they thrive in cold temperature, there for is very common to catch a cold during fall or winter.

Cold is an illness caused by a virus infection located in the nose. Colds also involve the sinuses, ears, and bronchial tubes. The symptoms of a common cold include sneezing, runny nose, nasal obstruction, sore or scratchy throat, cough, hoarseness, and mild general symptoms like headache, feverishness, chilliness, and not feeling well in general.

Colds last on average for one week. Mild colds may last only 2 or 3 days while severe colds may last for up to 2 weeks. Adults average 2 to 3 colds per year and children 6 to 10, depending on their age and exposure.

Between one and three days after a cold virus enters the body, symptoms start developing, such as:

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Sneezing

  • Weakened senses of taste and smell

  • Cratchy Throat

  • Cough

Prevent Cold

Colds are extremely difficult to prevent entirely. The following suggestions may help:

Avoid close contact with people who have a cold, especially first 2 days.

Wash your hands frequently, this reduces the chances of re infecting yourself and others.

Keep your fingers away from your nose and your eyes to avoid infecting yourself with cold virus particles that you may have picked up.

Home Remedies of Cold

*Drink ginger tea. It can be made by boiling ginger in normal tea.

*Take hot water in a bowl and put some basil leaves. Place your nose over the vapors and inhale, covering yourself with a towel.

*Eat garlic raw, put it in your mouth and chew.

*Fill a glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of table salt and gargle several times a day.

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