A “head cold” is a term some people use to describe symptoms of a cold that are more focused around the head.
- How do you catch a cold?
You can catch a cold by breathing in or touching something contaminated with a sick person’s saliva droplets, and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- How long does a cold last?
Most people recover from the common cold within seven to 10 days. Some people may develop complications from colds, such as pneumonia, especially older adults, those with weaker immune systems and asthma or respiratory problems.
- Can you have a fever with a cold?
You can have a low-grade fever with a cold, although this is uncommon for most adults. Adults with fevers over 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit and children with a rising fever or a fever that lasts more than two days should seek medical attention. If a child under 12 weeks of age has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more, you should contact his or her pediatrician.
- How to get rid of a cold?
Colds can’t be treated with antibiotics because they are caused by viruses. Viruses don’t respond to antibiotics. This means you must wait for the illness to run its course. You can help your recovery by getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of fluids, and you can use over-the-counter medications to address symptoms in the meantime.
- How to shorten a cold?
In the past, people have used many natural remedies to try and shorten the duration of colds. Today, some scientists believe the herb echinacea may have the ability to decrease recovery time. However, research on their effectiveness is conflicting. Vitamin C is another traditional remedy for colds. Despite its long history of use for this purpose, most studies show that Vitamin C does not have an effect on the length of colds.
- What to take for a cold?
There are a number of over-the-counter medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for addressing cold symptoms. Pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be taken for fevers and headaches. Nasal decongestant sprays , like oxymetazoline and phenylephrine, and oral decongestants, like pseudoephedrine, can ease stuffy nose symptoms. Guaifenesin can loosen mucus, while Dextromethorphan can help suppress the urge to cough. Always read the label and use medications as directed. Talk to your doctor before giving your child an over-the-counter cold medication since some medicines contain ingredients that aren’t recommended for children.