- 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 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.
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