The Common Cold
The common cold,
also known as "acute coryza," is an inflammation of the upper
respiratory tract and is caused by infection with virus. It occurs more
often than all other diseases. A person suffers from this disease three
times in a year on an average. A cold usually lasts from three to ten
days. The patient feels miserable for the first three days or so.
The first signs of a
cold are a feeling of soreness of the throat and congestion of the
nasal passage. Although the disease normally begins in the nose and
throat, it affects al parts of the body. Its usual symptoms are a
running nose, sneezing, a rise in temperature, headache, sore throat,
chill, aches and pains in the body and loss of appetite. The skin
around the nostrils may become sore.
The common cold
results from exposure to a virus. Its intensity depends upon the state
of health of the person and by environmental factors. Lowered vitality,
allergic disorders of the nose and throat, chilling of the body, lack
of sleep, depression, fatigue and factors such as sudden changes in
temperature, dust and other irritating inhalations are important
contributory causes for the development of a cold.
The real cause of
a cold is the toxic condition of the body brought about by wrong
feeding habits such as an excessive intake of starch, carbohydrates,
proteins and other acid-forming foods. A cold is nature’s simplest way
of expelling toxic waste from the human system. The duration of the
cold will depend on the amount of poisons accumulated in the body and
how fast it’s expelled.
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