Common Cold Symptoms

Are colds contagious?
Colds are contagious during the first 2 to 4 days after the onset of symptoms. Your can catch a cold by inhaling virus particles spread through the air by sneezing or coughing or by direct contact with another person. If your child touches their mouth or nose after touching skin or another surface contaminated with the rhinoviruses that cause colds, it is likely to be caught a cold.

Is it possible to prevent colds?
Since many viruses can cause colds, there is a vaccine to prevent them. But to help prevent infection or transmission of colds, their children:

* try to steer clear of anyone who is smoking or is cold. Virus particles can travel up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) through the air when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes. Moreover, the smoke exhaled by a smoker makes children more prone to disease.
* wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after blowing your nose.
* cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
* avoid sharing towels or eating utensils with someone with a cold. Nor should drink the same glass, can or bottle than other people, it is impossible to tell if someone is about to fall cold and is already spreading the virus.
* not pick up other people’s used tissues.

Researchers are not sure whether taking extra zinc or vitamin C may limit the duration of cold symptoms or severity, but large doses taken every day can cause negative side effects. The results of most studies on the effectiveness of herbal remedies such as echinacea, are negative or inconclusive and there have been few properly designed scientific studies to evaluate these treatments in children. Talk to your child’s physician before deciding to give it a herbal remedy or a dose exceeding the recommended daily dose of any vitamin or supplement.

How long can a cold?
The cold symptoms usually appear 2 or 3 days after your child has been exposed to an outbreak of infection. The increased capacity of transmission occurs during the first three or four days after onset of symptoms, but his son can continue to spread over a period of up to three weeks. While one in four colds lasting up to two weeks, most go away within a week.