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Cold

Common cold symptoms & treatment

A cold is a viral infection of the nose, upper airways, throat, and sinuses. A cold can be caused by one of over 200 viruses, which are spread in droplets released via the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

The most common symptoms of a cold are:

  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion or a runny nose
  • sneezing
  • coughing

Causes

Colds can be spread through direct skin contact, or through touching a surface that an infected person has touched (like a door handle). The cold viruses enter the body through the eyes and nose, so if your hands touch infected droplets and then touch your eyes or nose, you can catch the virus.

What to do next

Are you coming down frequently with the common cold? Our doctors can help with cold symptoms, recurrent colds, and advice for preventing future colds. Give us a call or use our online booking system to make an appointment.

  • 02073231023Harley St Area
  • 02071010355City of London

FAQ

Is there a vaccine for the cold?

No. There are numerous viruses that can cause a cold, and thus it is too difficult to make a vaccine that would protect against all of them.

How can I prevent colds?

Taking care of your immune system is the best way to fortify yourself against coming down with something. A healthy and balanced diet, good sleep, regular exercise, quitting smoking, and avoidance of heavy sugar, alcohol, and caffeine intake can all help your immune system to function at its best.

I have a cold. How can I avoid spreading it to others?

Stay at home if possible, as you are contagious whilst you have symptoms. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your hands regularly, and use a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

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