- If diagnosed with a common cold and the symptoms are improving after several days, no immediate follow-up is needed.
- If cold symptoms are not improving after five to 10 days or if they are worsening, call the doctor.
- People can exercise normally, especially if they just have a "cold" with no chest congestion and otherwise feel normal.
- Get plenty of rest. The body's natural immune defenses can battle and defeat the common cold virus. Resting at home or in a low stress environment will help keep the immune system strong. Neither rest nor reasonable exercise will shorten the length of the cold.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
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