No one wants to fall ill, especially this time of year. There is so much fun going on with fall festivals and other activities. Plus, the holiday season is right around the corner.

Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard you try, the common cold finds its way to your upper respiratory tract. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know what you can do if you are one of the many who will experience a common cold this year.

Who Is at Greatest Risk for a Cold?

The reality is that anyone can catch a cold. Children who are under the age of 6 are at the greatest risk, and they can pass along the illness to others in their families.

Even adults tend to get more than one cold during the course of year, on average experiencing up to three per year.

Symptoms of a Cold

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever

How Long Does a Cold Last?

In general, most people who suffer from a cold are able to recover in seven to 10 days.

However, there are some symptoms that could linger a little longer, especially if the person smokes or has a weakened immune system. Fortunately, there are ways to find relief.

Cold Treatment Options

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Ease symptoms using OTC or prescription medications.
  • Sip warm liquids.
  • Add moisture to the air.

Is it a common cold, or is another virus getting in the way of your fun this season? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.