The common cold is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different types of viruses. The common cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. The symptoms of the common cold are believed to be primarily related to the immune response to the virus.The mechanism of this immune response is virus specific. For example, the rhinovirus is typically acquired by direct contact; it binds to human ICAM-1 receptors through unknown mechanisms to trigger the release of inflammatory mediators. These inflammatory mediators then produce the symptoms.
Disease Statistics in US: Extrapolated Statistics of Incidence Rate 66,936,156 Population in US.
Over-the-counter decongestants containing pseudoephedrine can help dry and clear nasal passages, but only temporarily. Since there is no cure for the common cold, treatment has two goals: to make you feel better and to help you fight off the virus.
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