1. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a cold.
2. Cold germs can survive for up to 3 hours outside of the nasal passage.
3. There is no vaccine for the common cold, since there are more then 100 different viruses that can result in a cold.
4. Colds are more common during seasonal changes when humidity is low.
5. Over the course of a year, individuals in the U.S alone suffer from over 1 billion colds.
6. Colds are more common in children since they lack a resistance to infection.
7. Children in a school environment can have almost 12 colds a year.
8. Paracetamol is generally used to treat the common cold.
9. The common cold is a respiratory illnesses, but does not generally result in any serious health problems.
10. Common symptoms of a cold are runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throats and watery eyes.
Some home remedies for the common cold
Face it - you're probably going to get a cold at some point between now and next Spring. No drug will get rid of it; it has to run its course. There are things that can ease the misery, however.
1. Gargle with warm salt water, twice a day. I can't stress the importance of this enough. Also, this is the cheapest mouthwash you can use, it saves your gums and teeth from decay, stops bad breath, and helps you avoid most common infections. 2. Drink loads of water, and have enough sleep. 3. Include ginger, garlic and tomato in your diet. 4. If you find it difficult to breathe at night, use more pillows so that you sleep slightly upright. Also, when getting up to drink water, gargle the water before swallowing, it moistens your air passages and helps you breathe better. 5. For a dry cough: mix a little pepper in honey, dip your fingertip in it and apply at the very back of your throat. It stops the cough immediately. 6. Wherever you use sugar, add a little honey as well. Pollen is present in tiny quantities in honey, so it helps you build your resistance little by little. 7. Inhaling steam clears your nasal passages.