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Common Cold

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Erin Ellyson

on 9 April 2013

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The Common Cold By Erin Ellyson Sources A) B) C) D) Dictionary.com Webmd.com Mayoclinic.com Psychcentral.com Definition Common Cold: A mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. *NOTE* All pictures were found using Prezi. History The Common Cold was first identified as the Common Cold in the 1950's, but there is proof of symptoms and treatments were found on Egyptian papyrus from well before the 16th century BCE. Called "The Common Cold" in the 16th century due to similarity with symptoms and cold weather. Causes Viruses More than 200 different viruses to cause the Common Cold. Most common are Rhinoviruses (10%-40%), Caronaviruses (20%) and Respiratory Syncytical Virus (RVS)(10%). Non-Virus No actual evidence connected to exercise, diet, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids. However, psychological stress and allergic diseases affecting nose or throat may impact your chances of actually getting a cold. Symptoms Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, itchy throat, slight body aches or a mild headache, low-grade fever, and mild fatigue. Treatment RELAX!!! Warm, humid environment, drink LOTS of water [mucus flows freely and helps with congestion] No specific treatment, but you can treat symptoms for relief. Cure What is the cure? There is no cure... Prevention It's pretty basic!! Wash hands frequently. Don't cover sneezes and coughs with hands. don't touch your face. do aerobic exercise regularly. eat foods containing Phytochemicals. Don't smoke. cut alcohol consumption. RELAX. FACTS & MYTHS FACTS MYTHS a) A single virus can have 16 million offspring within 24 hours. b) Eat chicken soup - Helps clear mucus. a) being cold causes a cold. b) feed a cold and starve a fever. (or vice versa.) c) antibiotics cure the common cold. Current News March 6, 2013 South Carolina costs for antibiotics are way up. March 25, 2013 Common Cold sore virus may lead to dementia in older adults. RECAP!! There is no cure. If you feel cold, that doesn't mean you have a cold. Wash your hands! Treatments and symptoms on Egyptian papyrus. More than 200 different viruses can cause common cold .
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