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Colds (cont.)

Cold Prognosis

The common cold usually will go away in usually about five to 10 days although some symptoms may last as long as three weeks in some individuals. Americans get over 1 billion colds per year and rarely report any complications.

In general, pregnant women and their fetus usually have no complications if the mother develops a cold. Pregnant females should consult their OB/GYN doctor before they using any medical treatments.

Among the elderly and other groups of people with serious medical conditions, a cold may sometimes lead to a serious problem. Those people should see a doctor early during the course of a cold as a preventive measure.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, D.O.; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine

REFERENCES:

"Common Cold Prevention." WebMD.com. June 8, 2012. <http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/common-cold-prevention>.

"Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Cold." WebMD.com. Dec. 5, 2011. <http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/top-10-questions-cold>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Cold Versus Flu." Feb. 8, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2014

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