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What are colds and how do they manifest themselves?

The common cold, also known as rhinopharyngitis, is a mild viral infection affecting mainly the nose and throat. Symptoms typically include a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, coughing and feeling tired. Often, sore throats and headaches may also be present, adding to the general discomfort.

What causes the common cold?

The common cold is mainly caused by viruses, with rhinovirus being the most common of over 200 potentially responsible viruses. These viruses are transmitted by droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by direct contact with contaminated objects.

How can I prevent the common cold?

Preventing the common cold mainly involves maintaining good hygiene practices. Regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is crucial. Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands and keeping your distance from people with cold symptoms can also reduce the risk of contamination.

What treatments are available for the common cold?

There is no specific cure for the common cold, but several methods can help manage symptoms and reduce the duration of infection. Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines, decongestants and analgesics can relieve congestion, pain and fever.Hydration is also essential; drinking plenty of fluids can help thin mucus. Sufficient rest is recommended to allow the body to recover more quickly.

When should you consult a doctor about a cold?

It's advisable to consult a healthcare professional if cold symptoms worsen after five days, or if more severe symptoms develop, such as a rash, itchy skin or a rash.symptoms develop, such as high fever, wheezing, chest pain or difficulty breathing. These symptoms may indicate a more serious infection requiring medical intervention.

How long does a cold last on average, and how does it evolve?

A cold generally lasts 7 to 10 days. Symptoms often peak in severity between the second and fourth day, before starting to improve. The first signs often include a sore throat, followed by a blocked nose and sneezing. Coughing may appear towards the end of the infection. Recovery time may vary according to the individual's general state of health and immune status.

Can you catch a cold in cold weather?

The link between cold weather and colds is a common myth. Colds are not directly caused by cold weather, but cold viruses spread more easily during the winter months because people spend more time indoors and in close proximity to each other, which facilitates virus transmission.

Are children more susceptible to colds than adults?

Yes, children are particularly susceptible to colds because their immune systems are still developing. They can experience between six and ten colds a year, which is significantly higher than the average for adults. What's more, children in schools or nurseries are constantly in close contact with their peers, increasing their risk of exposure to viruses.

What natural remedies are recommended for treating cold symptoms?

Several natural remedies can help relieve cold symptoms:

  • Honey: can be used to soothe the throat and calm coughs.
  • Ginger tea: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help relieve nasal congestion.
  • Steam inhalation: Breathing hot steam can help decongest nasal passages and sinuses.
  • Rest: Rest is essential to help the body fight the viral infection.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Although caused by different viruses, colds and flu share many symptoms, but the flu tends to be much more severe. Flu symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, intense fatigue and sudden onset, while colds are characterized by nasal congestion, runny nose and cough. Unlike the common cold, the flu can also lead to serious complications.