Cold and Flu
While the worst of the winter cold season is over, the summer can oftentimes bring a slew of viruses that can negatively affect your fun in the sun. Informing yourself of these pesky ailments can better ensure a more healthy lifestyle year-round. Many people assume that they know all they need to know about the common cold, but the reality is that many people aren’t positively informed about some of the most basic prevention and treatment methods.
Occasionally, you will hear people complain of illnesses lasting several weeks. While this may seem like an unusually long period of time to be sick with a cold, the truth is that most colds last an average of 2-14 days, while the residual cough can last up to 6 weeks. If your acute cold symptoms last longer than two weeks, you may consider seeing your health care practitioner to ensure that your cold hasn’t evolved into something more serious, like sinusitis.
Here are a few facts about the common cold that all people should be aware of. By informing oneself, you become better equipped to find a treatment plan that is best for you, should you become ill.
- There are more than 200 different viruses that cause colds, with new strains being identified regularly.
- Colds caused by viral infections cannot and should not be treated with antibiotics.
- Not all cold symptoms are signs of a viral infection–bacterial infections can cause many of the same aggravating symptoms.
- Adults who work or live with or around children are significantly more susceptible to catching a cold.
- External factors and certain lifestyle choices can impact your susceptibility, as well as the duration of a particular illness–reducing stress, regular exercise, restful sleep, and good hygiene can all help prevent illness and reduce the duration of symptoms.
- Adults get an average of 2-5 colds per year, while children can get as many as 10 per year.
There is no cure for the common cold, and as mentioned above, antibiotics should not be administered for a viral infection. To better treat the immediate symptoms associated with the common cold, there are a variety of over the counter tonics, sprays, and pills.
For those seeking a less invasive treatment plan, with less risk of pesky side-effects, Health Concerns has a variety of cold and flu formulas for just this purpose. Try one of the formulas below next time you feel the symptoms of a cold arise–the results won’t disappoint!
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the 2013 flu season as one of the worst in the last 10 years. Public officials in Boston declared a health emergency on Wednesday as flu sufferers flooded emergency rooms. The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flu like epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. In addition to the surge in flu cases, the C.D.C. said the United States was having its biggest outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in 60 years; there were about 42,000 confirmed cases, the highest total since 1955. The disease is unrelated to flu but causes a hacking, constant cough, and breathlessness.
The flu can kill up to 50,000 people a year. People with preexisting medical conditions, infants, and seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flu.
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“Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills “By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE,
New York Times, Bloomberg.com and CDC.gov