Common Cold Symptoms (Part 2 of 3) | HealthiNation

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HOST: So, who's most at risk of catching a cold?
It's easier for colds to spread in the winter, fall and even rainy seasons when people spend
more time indoors.
Children: Their resistance hasn't developed yet, and usually kids aren't too careful about
washing hands after close contact with other kids.
Adults usually build up resistance, but if you spend a lot of time indoors in close contact
with other people, have kids or have allergies that affect your nasal passages, then you
might be at higher risk. Stress may also increase your risk for catching a cold.
And, here's a bit of myth busting: going outside with wet hair or just getting chilled have
never actually been proven to cause a cold.
Now, Deciding when to see a doctor can be a tough call when you have a cold. Since there
is no cure, the only way to rid yourself of a cold is to wait it out and treat the symptoms.
But, if you experience any of the following you may have more than just a cold, and you
may need to see your doctor. Feel free to pause here to write these down.
Usually a cold peaks in 2-3 days and lasts for about a week. You may even have another
week of very mild leftover symptoms.
But if you're an adult and have had symptoms for more than a week without improvement,
or a fever higher than 102 degrees, aches, fatigue, sweating or cough with colored phlegm,
you should see your doctor.
In general, children get more sick with a common cold than adults, and often suffer
from complications such as ear infections. Your child doesn't need to see the doctor
for a routine common cold, but you'll need to seek medical attention right away if your
child has any of the following signs or symptoms:
Fever of 103 F or higher, chills or sweating
Fever that lasts more than 72 hours
Vomiting or abdominal pain
Unusual sleepiness
Severe headache
Difficulty breathing
Persistent crying
and Ear pain, which may be a sign of an
ear infection.