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The Common Cold

The common cold is the leading cause for trips to the doctor and missed days from work and school. Must adults will catch the cold 2-4 times per year.

The common cold is the leading cause for trips to the doctor and missed days from work and school. Must adults will catch the cold 2-4 times per year and kids will get it more than that. So what exactly is a cold? It is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract. There are over 200 viruses that cause the common cold and are highly contagious. In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh explains how a cold latches on to your body and causes you to become sick.

 

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Preeti Parikh, MD, HealthiNation's chief medical editor, is a board-certified pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy, and patient education.

Duration: 2:11. Last Updated On: June 2, 2014, 1:34 a.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr Supriya Jain, . Review date: Aug. 24, 2012
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