<![CDATA[Fall and winter are often the peak time for viruses, including the common cold and the flu. There's a reason it's known as “cold and flu season,” after all. But just because colds occur commonly during the cold months doesn't mean you can't get one when the weather warms up! In fact, you can pick up a cold even in the heat of summer. That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to share some insight into colds and how to prevent and treat them.
What Causes a Cold?The common cold is a virus, which is a type of illness that is spread through airborne particles. That means that it usually passes from person to person when someone who has a cold sneezes or coughs into the air. Because these illnesses are incredibly contagious, it’s very important that you steer clear of others if you begin exhibiting symptoms. Consider staying home from work and other activities if you’re sick.
Signs of a Cold
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Feeling unwell
How Can I Prevent a Cold?Don’t let your guard down just because spring has sprung! Keep on keeping on with basic hygiene practices. Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and don’t touch your face with unwashed hands. It’s also good practice to try and avoid contact with others who you know to be sick.
Treatment of a Cold
- Stay hydrated.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Use OTC medications to ease specific symptoms like fever and cough.
- Sip warm liquids.
- Add moisture to the air with a humidifier.