Be careful of these risk factors causing cold
The common cold is a quite regular thing in changing the weather. The medical team at Capitol Hospital explains in details about certain causes and risks involved. You can easily avoid them if you are aware of them.
There are many types of viruses that cause a common cold and rhinovirus is the main culprit. A cold virus can enter your body through nose, eyes and mouth. When someone sneezes, coughs or talks, it releases certain tiny droplets in the air. And the virus can spread through those droplets.
If you shake hands with some who has a cold or share contaminated objects like utensils or telephones, there are chances that you will also catch this cold.
The listed below factors can increase your chances of getting a cold:
- Age: Children younger than six are at greatest risk of colds, especially if they spend time in child-care settings.
- Weak immune system: Having a chronic illness or otherwise weakened immune system increases the risk.
- Time of year: Both children and adults are more susceptible to colds in fall and winter, but one can get a cold any time.
- Smoking: You’re more likely to catch a cold and to have more severe colds if you smoke.
- Exposure: If you’re around many people, such as at school or on an aeroplane, you’re likely to be exposed to viruses that cause colds.