Most adults can expect to have about two or three colds in a year. With a runny nose or a stuffy head, work and normal activities can be much more difficult. At the practice of Dr. Atallah in Boynton Beach, Florida, you can find fast relief from the common cold or flu with both traditional and alternative therapies that boost your immune system.
What are the symptoms of a common cold?
The common cold is caused by a virus that causes inflammation and congestion in your upper respiratory tract. There are many different types of viruses that can cause cold symptoms, and symptoms may vary from one individual to the next.
Many people with the cold experience symptoms like:
Congested or runny nose
A cold can also cause mild body aches or a low fever. Nasal discharge with a cold is usually yellow or green, as opposed to allergy-related discharge, which is clear.
How is the common cold treated?
Popular wisdom dictates rest, drinking lots of fluids, and managing your symptoms with over-the-counter cold or cough medicine. However, sometimes you need more comprehensive, holistic treatment, especially if your cold lingers a long time or you suffer from recurring colds. Most people can naturally recover from the common cold in about a week to 10 days. If your immune system is compromised, your healing may take longer.
How can I stay healthy?
It’s nearly impossible to avoid exposure to cold germs, but staying healthy and supporting your immune system can help your body fight off viruses before they can harm you.
We can recommend an individualized protocol of supplements, vitamins, or dietary changes that support immune health. To protect yourself further, wash your hands frequently after you’ve been in public places, get plenty of rest, and eat a balanced diet.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re suffering from a cold and need relief today, book an appointment with us by calling 561.736.8806.