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The Common Cold: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It

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612

Summary:
The common cold is one of life's little annoyances that people can't
stand but are highly unlikely to ever be able to get rid of. There are
simply too many factors and complications involved in the common cold for
there to ever really be a single cure              for the malady. There
are medications that can help alleviate the problem, but a cure is often
written off by experts as being a scientific impossibility.


Keywords:
stress, bacterial infections, infection, side effects. sinusitis


Article Body:
There is no cure for the common cold. This is an accepted fact. This is
one of those little annoyances that people will stress over but can't do
anything about. People simply have come to accept that there is such
thing as a way to cure the common cold. Of course, this could tie in to
the little known scientific fact that there is no single cause for the
common cold. In fact, when one bothers to break things down to the
appropriate level, the “common cold” is named not because it is common,
but because there is a wide range of things that can cause it.

The common cold can be the product of a large number of factors, but
viral and bacterial infections tend to be the most common. It is also not
unusual for certain pollens to generate allergic symptoms that can be
associated with the common cold. For most people, the immune system is
capable of handling and fighting off the bacterial infection that can
cause the symptoms, but not the pollen. This is the reason for the cold
seemingly having a seasonal appearance. In reality, the pollen is
interacting with the nasal passages and irritating certain components of
it, causing the cold symptoms. Among the symptoms that both the pollen
and the infection can cause are runny noses, mild fevers, scratchy
throat, and nasal congestion. Specific causes can also have specific
symptoms, but never without the “universal” list of effects.

Whether caused by viral or bacterial infections, there are also a number
of potential complications and side effects that the common cold can
cause. Some of these problems are opportunistic coinfections, which means
that they rarely strike on their own and require that a previous illness
already compromise a person's immune system. Others are superinfections,
which are illnesses that attack areas of the body that have already been
negatively affected by a previous infection or illness. The difference
between the two is that opportunistic coinfections require that the
body's defenses already be compromised, even by something as mundane as
the common cold. In contrast, superinfections can affect the body
regardless of whether or not the person was in a state of good health.
Some of these side effects include acute bronchitis, strep throat,
pneumonia, and sinusitis.

Logically, since there is not direct cause for the problem, there can be
no cure. Medical systems around the world, whether traditional Chinese
medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, or Western medicine, need to know the cause of
the problem before being able to treat it. In terms of Western medicine,
there are simply too many viruses and bacteria that can cause the same
symptoms and lead to the common cold. That is without taking into account
the possibility of allergens such as pollen and dust. In TCM, there are
also a number of possible elemental imbalances in the body that can lead
to someone developing the common cold. Despite that, however, both
conventional and “exotic” medical systems have various methods to help
someone recover from the cold faster.

Based on the nature of the problem, as well as the rapid evolution that
the cold-causing bacteria can undergo, there will likely never be a cure
for the common cold. To develop a single cure for all of the possible
causes of the common cold would be tantamount to making a drug that can
treat virtually any sort of infection, which is a medical and chemical
impossibility. Yes, treatments that help alleviate the symptoms exist and
will continue to be improved upon, but a cure? Science would be more
likely to discover the Holy Grail of Arthurian legend than a cure for the
common cold.

				
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