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What causes the common cold?

Viruses do. There are over 100 different viruses that can cause colds.

Symptoms of the common cold:

Methods of transmission

A cold virus can attack and multiply in cells that line the nose and throat. You can catch a cold if you touch your eyes or nose after touching the hand of an infected person or touching a hard surface shortly after an infected person touched it. This does not necessarily mean that you will become infected. It depends on your immune system and history of pervious exposure to the virus. Young adults average 4-6 colds per year.

What can I do to feel better?

There's no cure for a cold. Antibiotics don't work against viruses. All you can do to feel better is to treat your symptoms while your body fights off the virus.

Should I take medicine for a cold?

No medicine can cure a cold or the flu. Medicine can, however, help relieve some of your cold or flu symptoms.

What preventative measures can I take?

 


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