Common Cold FAQs
Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP, on February 12, 2016
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Q:The common cold is one of the most common illnesses in the world. True or false?
Q:The common cold is caused by viruses. True or false?
Q:What are signs and symptoms of the common cold?
A:The most common symptoms of a cold are nasal congestion or stuffiness, watery eyes, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, and low-grade fever.
Q:Is the common cold contagious?
Q:What is the cure for the common cold?
A:There are remedies that can bring relief of cold symptoms, but there is no cure for the common cold.
Q:"Upper respiratory infection" is the medical term for the common cold. True or false?
Q:What is one of the best possible ways to prevent colds?
A:Good handwashing practices are an excellent way to prevent colds.
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