Colds are viral infections that affect the upper respiratory tract. The condition is also known as acute viral rhinopharyngitis and acute coryza. Humans are most commonly infected by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses.
- Human parainfluenza virus
- Human respiratory syncytial virus
Diagnosis and Treatment
A common cold usually goes away on its own within a week to ten days without treatment. However, a cough may last a little longer. While your body heals, you should take good care of yourself. Try drinking plenty of liquids, humidifying the air, and using saline nasal rinses to get better and quick results. Cold viruses do not respond to antibiotics, so they should not be used unless there is a bacterial infection. Fever, body aches, congestion, and cough can be relieved with over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
- Honey and Onion Syrup
- Salt bath
- Ginger Tea
- Cough Syrups