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The common cold is one of the most frequent illnesses in the United States and usually occurs in the Winter and Spring months. The common cold is caused by viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza, and adenoviruses, that get into
your nose, throat, or airways.
Common Cold symptoms usually come on over a few days. People will often feel some or many of these symptoms:
The average adult experiences two to three colds per year with last from 3 to 7 days, but some people have symptoms for up to 2 weeks. Symptoms might last longer in people who smoke. Learn more about self-care here.
If you have symptoms of Common Cold and are in a high-risk group (people with certain medical conditions) or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider or call UHS at 513-556-2564 for an appointment.
Note: Please defer to UC Campus Covid Isolation Guidelines regarding COVID testing requirements when ill.
Seasonal allergies usually present with an acute onset of sneezing, rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, nasal itching, postnasal drip, cough, irritability, and fatigue which is reproducible from year to year. Allergies caused by tree and grass pollen typically occur in the spring and summer, and symptoms caused by ragweed pollen exposure occur in the fall, although there are regional variations.
Some cases of allergies can be diagnosed if there is an obvious connection between exposure and the onset of symptoms, such as after being exposed to an animal.
Year-round allergies can occur from indoor allergen exposure such as dust mites, cockroaches, or animal dander.
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