What Do you Really Know about Viral Cold?!
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As the name suggests, viral cold or viral infection is a disease caused by viruses that makes nose and throat infection. There are nearly about 200 kinds of viruses which cause viral infection but in 50 percent of cases, Rinoviruses are the reason.
Even though children under 6 are more likely to catch a viral cold, but adults may get a cold 3 or 2 times annually. A viral infection can be cured by enough resting, but if the symptoms stay too long, you should see your doctor. In this article, we will explain about its causes, symptoms and treatment.
The viral cold causes
Most of the time, Rinoviruses are the reason of getting a viral cold; however, Coronaviroses and Parainfluenza viruses can lead to infection, too. The first way which a cold virus enters the body, are through your nose, eyes and mouth. Cold viruses also can spread when a sick person sneezes or coughs near you or through touching these people and their belongings such as their glass or towel.
Children under 6, people who do heavy exercises, or have weak immune system are highly likely to get viral cold. Smoking and in some cases genetic can be reasons of viral infection.
Viral cold symptoms appear in 1 to 3 days after vituses’ entrance. According to people’s immune system, these symptoms can vary; however below are some of the most common symptoms:
- Pain in some parts of body
- Throat sore
- Runny nose
Usually by a short-term home care symptoms will improve remarkably; nevertheles by these items the process of recovery will fasten.
1- Have a rest
Resting at the first days not only can help the recovery, but also prevents viruses transfering.
2. Drinking water
The body’s water decreases as the result of nose runnig and mucus, therefore you should drink a large amount of water (or foods containing water) to compensate.
3. Vitamin C
Foods and fruits containing vitamin C considerably will shorten the period of recovery. Fruits like orange or pineapple have vitamin C and you can eat them when you have a cold. This vitamin is good not only for sick people, but also for people who are suseptible to viral cold.
5. Gargling salt
Salt can positively decrease the throat soreness, so gargling salt is very beneficial.
A viral cold usually lasts 7 to 10 days but it depends on the person’s body and the kind of viruses which caused the disease.