Common Cold

Harmony Health MD

Primary Care Physician located in Glendale, CA

Most adults can expect to have about two or three colds in a year. With a runny nose or a stuffy head, work and normal activities can be much more difficult. At Harmony Health MD in Glendale, California, you can find fast relief from the common cold or flu with both traditional and alternative therapies that boost your immune system. Call or book an appointment online today to relieve your symptoms.

Common Cold Q & A

What are the symptoms of a common cold?

The common cold is caused by a virus that causes inflammation and congestion in your upper respiratory tract. There are many different types of viruses that can cause cold symptoms, and symptoms may vary from one individual to the next.

Many people with the cold experience symptoms like:

  • Congested or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue

A cold can also cause mild body aches or a low fever. Nasal discharge with a cold is usually yellow or green, as opposed to allergy-related discharge, which is clear.

At Harmony Health MD, your physician can diagnose and treat the common cold, and they can also conduct flu testing if your symptoms are severe.

How is the common cold treated?

Popular wisdom dictates rest, drinking lots of fluids, and managing your symptoms with over-the-counter cold or cough medicine. However, sometimes you need more comprehensive, holistic treatment, especially if your cold lingers a long time or you suffer from recurring colds.

At Harmony Health MD, your physician can treat the common cold with a variety of different methods:

  • Vitamin supplements: These help to boost your immune system and support healing.
  • Homeopathic treatments: Remedies that enable the body to trigger its healing response
  • Naturopathic treatments: Therapies that address the holistic nature of health, including your lifestyle, stress levels, diet, and more

Most people can naturally recover from the common cold in about a week to 10 days. If your immune system is compromised, your healing may take longer.

How can I stay healthy?

It’s nearly impossible to avoid exposure to cold germs, but staying healthy and supporting your immune system can help your body fight off viruses before they can harm you.

Your Harmony Health MD physician can recommend an individualized protocol of supplements, vitamins, or dietary changes that support immune health. To protect yourself further, wash your hands frequently after you’ve been in public places, get plenty of rest, and eat a balanced diet.

If you’re suffering from a cold and need relief today, book an appointment with Harmony Health MD by calling or scheduling online.