Introduction: Common cold


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Common cold: Almost everyone is familiar with the feeling you get when you start a common cold, such as a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, or tearing. Colds are very common but are more common in children and decline with age. They are rarely dangerous to healthy adults or children, but may occasionally be dangerous to infants, the elderly or other at-risk groups.

Correct diagnosis of a cold usually means distinguishing between cold and the more serious flu, which is not always easy, but is important because of newer antiviral medications for the flu. There are also other conditions that start like a cold (e.g. rare but serious whooping cough) and numerous conditions that have cold-like symptoms or flu-like symptoms. Although there are numerous different subtypes of colds, diagnosis of the specific subtype of cold is rarely performed and not usually important for treatment.

Common cold: Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known. Although the common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting one to two weeks, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and of school and job absenteeism. 1

Researching symptoms of Common cold: Further information about the symptoms of Common cold is available including a list of symptoms of Common cold, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Common cold, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

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Treatments for Common cold: Various information is available about treatments available for Common cold, prevention of Common cold, current research about Common cold treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

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Statistics and Common cold: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Common cold, prevalence and incidence statistics for Common cold, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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