Friday, February 20, 2009

Information About Common Cold - Causes and Treatment

Common Cold is caused by a type of virus known as Coronavirus. Just like any other virus Coronavirus is just a packet of DNA information in a dormant state until the virus enters its host. Thats when the Coronavirus infects the host cells with its DNA and grows rapidly. The host in turn fights back kick starting its defence system. The effects of this defence is Common Cold.

Common Cold is characterised by all or some of these symptoms like running nose, sinusitis, head ache, body pains, lethargy, fever, nausea, itching in eyes etc. These symptoms are just a reflex action of the body against the Coronavirus. And the reason why the Common Cold is so common is because there are more than 150 different types of Coronavirus. Rhinovirus is another cause of Common Cold. More viruses are being found nearly every year. Common Cold symptoms should not be taken lightly because several deseases have similar symptoms during their early stages.

Common Cold is generally caused by infection spread throught the air like when somone sneezes, coming in contact with bodily fluids like nasal discharge of someone affected with Common Cold, not washing hands after coming in contact with a Common Cold patient etc.

There is no defined timeline or cure for coming out of Common Cold. The human body automatically fights and takes its time to fend of a Common Cold attack. However, there are certain to dos which can be used to help ease the discomfort of Common Cold. Two of the most important are getting plenty of rest and driking lots of warm fluids. Along with this use anti inflamatory drugs and painkillers if you have headaches. Antibiotics will not help during Common Cold.

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