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.

 

Preeti Parikh, MD

This video features Preeti Parikh, MD. Dr. Parikh, a board-certified pediatrician affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is HealthiNation's chief medical editor.

Duration: 2:11. Last Updated On: Nov. 7, 2019, 7:16 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Dr Supriya Jain . Review date: Aug. 24, 2012
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