Everyone knows the symptoms: runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion and coughing. If you experience these symptoms, which can last up to two weeks, you have a common cold. Did you know there are over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold and the most common type of virus that causes colds is the rhinovirus?
Since the common cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A runny nose or cold almost always gets better on its own, so it is better to wait and take antibiotics when they are needed [which is only when your healthcare practitioner says you have a bacterial infection].
Practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly, to prevent the common cold. Also, avoid close contact with people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections.
For more information, contact Millersville University’s Health Services Office at 717-872-3250, visit health services’ website, http://www.millersville.edu/healthservices/ or the CDC’s website, http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/index.html.