Winter has arrived for the 2020 season and that means cold season has too. The common cold is caused by a virus entering the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth, which is most common during the winter months. This is because the cool, dry air makes it easier for viruses to spread. Symptoms of a cold usually appear one to three days after you’ve been exposed to the virus. If you think you might be one of the millions of Americans that suffer from the common cold each year, here are some of the most commonly treated symptoms to look out for.
Runny or Stuffy Nose
A runny nose almost always occurs with the common cold and is often the most obvious symptom of a cold. When a cold virus enters your body, your immune system triggers the nose to produce excess mucus to try and keep the virus out of the body. Initially, mucus may start clear and thin, and then become darker and thicker as the cold runs its course. In the first couple of days, you may also experience post-nasal drip when the excess of mucus from the nose begins to drip down the throat, which causes dryness and scratchiness. To help relieve a stuffy nose, you can use a humidifier, take a hot shower, or buy an over-the-counter saline spray.
A sore throat is often the first symptom that a cold virus has entered your body. All of the excess mucus that is produced when you have a cold can dry out and irritate the throat, especially when you are experiencing post-nasal drip. You can help to relieve a sore throat by using lozenges, gargling salt water, and staying hydrated. However, if your sore throat is accompanied with a fever, it may be a bacterial infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics. Visit your local urgent care center to rule out strep throat.
Coughing is another symptom that can often come with the common cold. Mucus can collect in your throat and cause coughing, especially at night. The common cold can also cause symptoms to flare up in individuals if you have asthma. Be sure to cover your mouth and use proper handwashing to minimize the spread of the virus when coughing.
Illness Treatment in Southlake, TX
If you find yourself suffering from any of these or other common cold or flu symptoms, our walk-in urgent care clinic is ready to help! Our doctors can diagnose and treat your illness and have you feeling like yourself again. We are open 7 days a week and accept most insurance plans. For questions, please call 817-488-9922.