The Common Cold


Americans suffer from one billion colds every year, with adults averaging between two and four and school-aged children getting as many as 12 annually.

Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that the common cold is a viral, upper respiratory infection, typically seen in the fall and winter months, though summer colds may occur, as well. Symptoms can develop two or three days after exposure.

Common symptoms:
• Nasal congestion
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Cough 

Treatment options

Avoid spreading the cold to others by washing hands frequently and not touching common areas, such as doorknobs and faucets.

To fight the common cold, The Doctors suggest using a Neti pot for nasal irrigation. The Neti pot uses a warm saline solution to thin out the mucus in the nose. "This is so great for fighting a cold," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.

She also recommends avoiding alcohol, because it dehydrates you and lowers your immunity. Instead, try shots of wheat grass! "What's good about wheat grass is that it's chock full of vitamin B, C and A, and chlorophyll, which helps to get more oxygen into your body," Dr. Masterson adds.

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