A cold is a contagious virus that enters your body through your nose, eyes, or mouth. A cold is generally accompanied by congestion and respiratory symptoms. You can catch a cold from someone coughing or sneezing, touching an item followed by your eyes, nose or mouth, or by sharing utensils, food, or drink with someone who is contagious.
In most cases, the symptoms of a cold occur gradually and can often be mistaken for allergies. As a result, some people don’t realize that they are sick until the full onset of symptoms.
You can be contagious with the common cold 1 – 2 days before symptoms appear and can potentially remain contagious for as long as you are sick.
The symptoms of a cold include:
Colds are most commonly caused by the rhinovirus. This virus is transmitted through the air when you speak, cough, or sneeze. At this time, there is no known cure or vaccine for the cold. Rest and home care will help you feel better within a week.
The symptoms of colds can range from mild to severe. Most healthy individuals can recover from a cold within a week of developing symptoms.
In some cases, colds can lead to more severe conditions such as bronchitis, sinus infections, or pneumonia. It’s important to call Concierge MD for a cold if you notice the following symptoms:
When you or someone in your family has a cold, you will no doubt want relief from symptoms quickly. Concierge MD brings the appointment directly to you, saving you the time and hassle of sitting in a clinic where you may be exposed to other illnesses. House calls for colds are ideal for families with young children, as this type of appointment creates a familiar and stress-free environment for your child’s appointment.
In addition to on-call appointments on your time and schedule, our members enjoy the benefits of telemedicine appointment between appointments, enabling them to follow up with any questions about medications, treatments, or symptoms. Having a direct line to our healthcare team ensures that you can always make the most informed decisions about your health.