SECOND OPINION 5 | Five Things To Know About A Cold | BCBS


Blue Cross/Blue Shield is a proud sponsor
of “Second Opinion” Live Fearless. Hello I’m Dr. Roger Oskvig and I’m here
to tell five things to know about a cold. The first thing to know is how long the common
cold lasts. The typical illness lasts a week and half. For smokers, the common cold lasts an
additional half week. Usually about two weeks. Half of people with a cold will still have a cough for several days after other aspects of the illness are gone Second, you do not need to seek medical care for a cold. Most colds do not and should not require any treatment for the symptoms. Your immune system will cure the cold but it may take up to ten days Next, viral shedding of the common cold peaks at
day 3, this is the same day that nasal congestion and runny nose peaks. Fourth, antibiotics, antivirals, antihistamines,
analgesics, vitamins, and intranasal steroids are all ineffective treatments. In other words none of these will help you cure your cold. And lastly, kiss away, 95% of people with
colds have no detectable virus in saliva even at the peak of viral shedding from the nose. But don’t let your noses touch And that’s your Second Opinion Five. Blue Cross/Blue Shield is a proud sponsor
of “Second Opinion” Live Fearless.

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