Common cold is an illness caused by a virus. There are 200 types of these viruses, but the most common one is the rhinovirus, which is thought to be responsible for at least 50% of colds. You can catch it from another person who is infected with the virus. This can happen by direct physical contact with someone who has a cold or by touching a surface contaminated with their germs and then touching your nose or mouth. You can also catch it from infected droplets in the air released by a sneeze or a cough.
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A cold begins when a virus attaches to the lining of your nose or throat. Your immune system sends out white blood cells to attack this invader. Unless you’ve had a run-in with that exact strain of the virus before, the initial attack fails and your body sends in reinforcements. Your nose and throat get inflamed and make a lot of mucus.
There are things that make you prone to come down with a cold. For example, you’re more likely to catch one if you’re extremely tired, under emotional distress, or have allergies with nose and throat symptoms.
Most colds last about 7 to 10 days.