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Common Cold Questions

A common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory system. This system includes many parts such as the bronchial tubes, larynx, sinuses, nose and throat all of which can be affected by this illness. The most common cause of this cold is a group of infections called rhinoviruses. However, there are about 200 other conditions that can cause this as well. While everyone is at risk for developing a common cold, children of preschool age are more susceptible because of their weaker immune systems. This makes it easier to pass the infection from child to child within the school setting. Once exposed to a cold a person becomes somewhat immune to a repeat occurrence. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding common colds.

What causes frequent colds?

There are several things that may explain why some people experience more colds than others. Those who work around children or are around other people frequently may be a greater risk of exposure. This is often the main cause of reoccurring colds. However, in some cases certain people are predisposed due to immune deficiencies either because of conditions like HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or some hereditary conditions. There are a few measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of reoccurring infections. Below is a list of these measures:
• Optimize nutrition
• Get plenty of rest
• Take multi-vitamins
• And wash hands regularly especially after bathroom use and before meals.

How long is a common cold contagious?

There are many different causes for a common cold because of this how long each cold will be contagious will differ from the next. Studies suggest that colds become contagious up to 3 days before symptoms set in and can last until all cold symptoms have gone. In most cases the duration of a cold is generally around 2 weeks. So it is thought that a person can remain contagious throughout this time.

Can a common cold hurt a person’s sex drive?

The common cold has the ability to affect many things, from the way a person feels to the way they perform. Diminished sex drive can be experienced as well. When a person has a cold such as this they often feel weak and achy, are running a fever, coughing and have a sore throat. These things alone can often make a person not feel up to participating in sexual activity.

How long can laryngitis last after a cold?

Symptoms of a cold can take some time to resolve even after the cold has gone. But there are some things that may help improve lingering symptoms such as laryngitis:
• Steam inhalation – This can be done by adding Menthol to a bowl of steaming hot water. Inhale the steam 2-3 times a day
• Drink plenty of fluids – warm drinks like hot lemon water will help to sooth a sore throat
• Motrin or any other medicine of its sort can help to reduce any pain or discomfort
• Over the counter antihistamines such as Alavert can be taken once a day
• Decongestants such as Sudafed can help as well
• Immune system boosters such as multi-vitamins can help to speed up the healing process and help prevent the symptoms from reoccurring

Can a common cold cause white stools?

In most cases white stools indicate the liver may have become inflamed, this is generally due to a gallstone blocking the bile ducts. And while common colds are usually caused from viral infections mainly of the respiratory system, there is a slight risk that this could cause the liver to become inflamed. It is often advised to wait for the cold symptoms to resolve and see if the stools return to normal as well.

Common colds are most often the result of an upper respiratory infection. This is generally due to a group of viral infections call rhinoviruses. Most common colds last for around 2 weeks and often go away with little or no medical treatment. However, there are certain people who seem predisposed to catching these colds often. When questions arise regarding the common cold, turn to the Experts that can help answer these questions and more.
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