YOU SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT THE COMMON COLD
Because I'm obsessing about the sniffles, coughs and drips that plagued me for a week and are just now drifting away ...
1) Colds usually begin with a low-grade fever and a sore throat, frequently accompanied by fatigue.
2) It's during the first three days of a cold that you're most contagious.
3) Post-nasal drip causes the sore throat and, eventually, the cough.
4) At the beginning of your cold, your nose will drip with watery secretions.
5) As the runny nose develops into a cough, the secretions will become thicker and darker. Mine were a yellowy-green. Let me assure you, it was as attractive as it sounds.
6) The common cold lasts from 7 to 14 days.
7) Children tend to come down with colds the most often, as many as 10/year, and it's estimated that 22 million school days are lost annually because of colds.
8) It's normal for an adult to have between 2 and four colds a year.
9) Statistically speaking, women have more colds than men. It's often assumed this is because women have closer contact with children.
10) While colds are not caused by cold weather, they do occur most often in the six coldest months of the year (October through March).
11) Some researchers believe this is because cold weather makes the inside lining of your nose drier and more vulnerable to viral infection.
12) Smokers get more colds than non-smokers, because smoke dries out your nasal passages.
13) It's been suggested that exercise can help prevent colds because it makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood. If this is true, why did I get sick almost immediately after joining a new fitness club? HUH?
Thanks to WebMD for all this information.