cold is an upper respiratory tract infection that is caused by a virus.
Typically, the individual
with a cold will experience general malaise, fever, headache, and upper
respiratory tract congestion. Initially, there is usually a watery nasal
discharge and sneezing, followed by thicker secretions containing mucus,
white blood cells, and dead organisms. The throat may be red, sore and
quite dry. The common cold typically lasts anywhere from four to ten days.
We are all constantly
exposed to many of these viruses, yet the majority of us experience the
discomfort of a cold once or twice a year at the most. This scenario suggests
that a decrease in resistance of immune function is the major factor in
catching a cold.
¹ The Pill Book
Guide to Natural Medicines, Michael Murray N.D., 2002
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