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Common Illnesses

common cold

Facts About the Common Cold

Prevention

Protect Yourself

Viruses that cause colds are generally spread through the air and through close personal contact. The virus can spread when you touch a contaminated object (e.g. a doorknob or someone's hands) and then touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

The best ways to protect yourself from catching a cold:

Protect Others

If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people:

Symptoms

There is no cure for the common cold, but there are cold remedies to help with the different symptoms you may be experiencing:

Stuffy/Runny Nose

Mucous Producing Cough

Frequent Dry Hacking Cough

Headache, Body Aches and Fever

Sore Throat; Hoarseness

When to Seek Medical Attention