Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing - everyone knows the symptoms of
the common cold. It is probably the most common illness. In the course of a year, people in
the United States suffer 1 billion colds.
You can get a cold by touching your eyes or nose after you touch surfaces with cold
germs on them. You can also inhale the germs. Symptoms usually begin 2 or 3 days after
infection and last 2 to 14 days. Washing your hands and staying away from people with colds
will help you avoid colds.
There is no cure for the common cold. For relief, try
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking fluids
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Using cough drops or throat sprays
- Taking over-the-counter pain or cold medicines
However, do not give aspirin to children. And do not give cough medicine to children under four.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases