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  2. Common cold - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

    The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It's usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Healthy adults can expect to have two or three colds each year. Infants and young children may have even more frequent colds.

  3. Common Cold: Symptoms, How to Treat, and More - Healthline

    The common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract. The most common cause is a rhinovirus, and the most common symptoms are a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and a...

  4. Common cold - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

    There's no cure for the common cold. Most cases of the common cold get better without treatment, usually within a week to 10 days. But a cough may linger for a few more days. The best thing you can do is take care of yourself while your body heals. For example, drink plenty of liquids, humidify the air, use saline nasal rinses and get adequate rest.

  5. Common Cold: Symptoms, Cold vs. Flu, How Long It Lasts, Treatment

    A cold is a contagious upper respiratory infection that affects your nose, throat, sinuses and trachea (windpipe). More than 200 different viruses can cause a cold, but most colds are caused by a rhinovirus. How common are colds? As its name implies, the common cold is widespread.

  6. Cold Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

    a. : having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans. it is cold outside today. a cold drafty attic. b. : having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected. the bath water has gotten cold. c. : not heated: such as.

  7. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose than people who have flu. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have serious associated complications.

  8. Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt

    A cold remedy used in many cultures, taking in warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice, might be soothing and might ease congestion by increasing mucus flow. Try honey. Honey may help coughs in adults and children who are older than age 1. Try it in hot tea. Add moisture to the air.

  9. 454 Synonyms & Antonyms of COLD - Merriam-Webster

    Definition of cold 1 as in chilly having a low or subnormal temperature the cold climate of the Yukon an unusually cold spring that was followed by a sweltering summer Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance chilly freezing frigid icy chill cool arctic frosty wintry bitter shivery chilled polar coldish glacial cooled coolish ice-cold numbing brisk nippy

  10. Common cold - Wikipedia

    The common cold or the cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the respiratory mucosa of the nose, throat, sinuses, and larynx. Signs and symptoms may appear fewer than two days after exposure to the virus. These may include coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and fever.

  11. Cold - Wikipedia

    Cold is the presence of low temperature, especially in the atmosphere. In common usage, cold is often a subjective perception . A lower bound to temperature is absolute zero , defined as 0.00 K on the Kelvin scale, an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale.