What exactly is the common cold, and just what causes it?

A common cold is a combination of viruses that create a medical condition that is unique to the infected persons. The common cold is also referred to as a upper repertory virus, it is called this because it infects and creates upper repertory symptoms.


  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose

More than two-hundred different viruses can make up the common cold, However rhinovirus is the most common at 30%-35% adult common colds. Other Viruses that can create a common cold include: adenovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza, and respiratory syncytial virus.

Due to the fact that there are so many common cold viruses, and they are constantly changing and mutating it is impossible to be resistant to every one of them. This fact makes it virtually impossible to create a cure for the common cold as well. Most children suffer from six to twelve colds a year while adults only contract two to four.

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