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By tjohnson | Published October 1, 2018
The common cold affects numerous people each year, and even the same person multiple times per year. Most colds are due to a viral infection, but the term “cold” was coined as most of these viruses occur during cold weather seasons. There are multiple strains of viruses, but Rhinovirus is the most common. You can catch these viral illnesses via air droplets. For example, if someone who is infected with a virus coughs and does not cover their mouth, you could be at risk for inhaling those infected respiratory droplets. It can also be spread by hand-to-hand contact; this is why washing your hands is the number one way to prevent viral illnesses.
Common symptoms of colds or viral illnesses include cough, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, headache, earache and even low-grade fever. Because these symptoms are viral, they are usually self-limiting but it may not always feel like that. [ ... ]
By tjohnson | Published December 4, 2012
By Mary Jo Ytzen, ARNP
Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs: bacteria or viruses. Antibiotics can cure a bacterial infection but not a viral infection. Bacteria cause strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections; viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu. Yellow or green mucus from the nose may not mean your child has a bacterial infection. During a viral cold it is normal for mucus to get thick and change color.
Antibiotics should not be used to treat the common cold, runny noses and most coughs. Children fight off these viral illnesses on their own. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. Resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill and can stay in your child’s body and can cause severe illnesses which may require stronger treatment and a possible stay in the hospital.
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