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Colds (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent a Cold?

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching the nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Do not share utensils or towels with anyone.
  • Wear gloves while in public places, such as public transportation during the winter cold season.
  • There is no vaccine to prevent colds. There are two major reasons vaccines are not being sought for colds. First, almost every person who gets a cold recovers without any complications, and second, with over 250 viral types, producing an effective vaccine against most or all viral types is nearly impossible with current techniques.

What Is the Prognosis of a Cold?

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 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.


United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others." Feb. 8, 2016. < >.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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