The most common symptoms of a cold are:
- sore throat
- nasal congestion or a runny nose
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.
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.
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.
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.