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Common Cold, Common Sense


By Tara Thomas

Waterloo (KWWL) -- If you're going through a lot of tissues lately, you're not alone. 'Tis the season for the common cold and 200 different forms of it are waiting to infect you.

With three kids eight and under, Jenny Dunkin has dealt with her share of colds. Especially this time of year when upper respiratory germs are flying.

"You have to train them that we can't give kisses like we used to during this season," joked Dunkin.

Doctor Jessica Boevers at Covenant Clinic in Shell Rock says you can spread a cold even before your symptoms appear.

"People have it on their hands, they touch a desktop, they touch a person and it's transmitted that way," said Dr. Boevers.

A cold is an infection of your nose and throat. Expect a runny nose, sore throat and cough, but if a fever persists or symptoms don't go away in two weeks, better see your doctor. There is no cure for the common cold but relief can come from over-the-counter medication. Just don't give it to kids under five.

"The cold medicines were very concentrated and kids were getting inappropriate dosages," said Dr. Boevers. "They haven't been found to be all that helpful in children anyway."

So how can you avoid the 200 cold viruses that can make you sick? Handwashing really helps along with getting enough sleep and eating healthfully.

"We try to get as much healthy foods into our lifestyle as possible and hope that just treating it from the inside out will help as well," said Dunkin.

And try to keep the toys out of your mouth. By the way, adults will likely get three to four colds a year. Kids as many as ten!

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