Common Cold in Olathe, KS
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About the Common Cold
The common cold, which includes a head cold or a chest cold, is caused by a viral infection and presents with bothersome symptoms, like fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and runny nose. Most people recover from the common cold within a week, but you should contact our practitioner if your symptoms do not improve, your fever persists for three days or more, or you're struggling to breathe or swallow. Schedule an appointment with our primary care team to receive the urgent care you need to fight this illness.
What Are Common Cold Symptoms?
Colds and flu are two different viral infections that affect the respiratory system and usually present some of the same symptoms, including:
- Chills and body aches
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
How Is the Common Cold Treated?
Our primary care practitioner will assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and prescribe the appropriate treatments to get you back to normal. Common cold treatments include:
- Oral corticosteroids
- Steroid nasal sprays
- Cough suppressants
- Over-the-counter medications, pain and fever reducers, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen
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Common Cold FAQs
Can a cold turn into something more serious?
In some cases, a cold can lead to a secondary infection like sinusitis or pneumonia. Those with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions are particularly at risk.
How can I prevent getting a common cold?
Washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and keeping your immune system healthy with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can help prevent the common cold.
How can I tell if I have a cold or the flu?
Both colds and the flu can cause similar symptoms, but flu symptoms are typically more severe. The flu often comes with fever, body aches, and extreme tiredness that isn't as common with a cold.