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Articles on Colds and Flu

Colds are easily transmitted from person to person by infected droplets of moisture floating in the air or by contaminated dust, it is a contagious disease.  These colds viruses enter our body through our mouth and eyes. It is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by one of about 200 different viruses affecting our eyes, ears, nose and throat.  When we come into contact with people who are suffering from colds, the viruses will invade the cells in our bodies and cause symptoms of a cold.  The only way to catch colds is to come in contact with the colds virus, either from the hands of an infected person or from a kiss or sneeze.  However, not everyone infected with the colds virus will fall sick.  If you get enough rest and exercise regularly by keeping stress at a manageable level, this can possibly help your immune system to overcome the virus.

 

Colds symptoms develop from one to two days after exposure.  A person who harbors the infection can transmit it to others a few hours before his own symptoms begin and for as long as five days after symptoms have appeared.  Exposure to cold or to wind, extreme fatigue, loss of sleep, or other causes of reduced vitality seem to make a person more susceptible.    Since the common cold may be caused by such a large number of different viruses, protection by immunization is practically impossible.  There is no effective means of prevention except to maintain good general health and vigor and to avoid excesses of fatigue and exposure.  Symptoms of the common cold usually begin with a roughness or irritation in the throat.  This is followed quickly by sneezing and running nose, and symptoms such as mild chilliness and aching in various muscles and tissues.

 

Among possible complications are infection of the middle ear (otitis media), infection of the nasal sinuses, bronchitis, and even pneumonia.  The irritated tissues of the upper respiratory tract become vulnerable to invasion by common bacteria always present in the air passages, and these cause the complications. 

 

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