Common Cold

Friday, October 01, 2010

A cold is a contagious viral infection and the most common infectious disease in United States. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the common cold in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A cold is a common illness that can be caused by many viruses. It can be passed easily from one person to another.

If you have a cold, your throat may be sore or scratchy. After a couple of days, you may have a runny or stuffy nose and a cough that lasts about a week. Some people have a fever and muscle aches in the first few days. Sometimes, you can have more serious symptoms like an ear infection, sinus infection or pneumonia.

Colds do not cause serious health problems for most people. But they can cause problems for people who smoke, people whose bodies cant fight infection and people who have lung problems.

There is no medicine to cure a cold, but over-the-counter medicine might help you feel better. These medicines may not be good for young children and older adults.

You should see your doctor if you have symptoms that are worse than those of a normal cold or that havent gotten better in 10 days.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.