Does going outside make a cold worse?

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Does going outside make a cold worse?

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Going outside does not make a cold worse nor does going outside in the cold give you a cold or make you sick.

Going outside can actually make your cold better and speed up recovery from the cold virus.

Fresh air is good for a cold virus.

When you have a cold virus you should get out into the fresh air which can help you recover more quickly as when you're in your house or bedroom with the cold virus the cold virus is just being recirculating through the air in your home.

Fresh is good for sickness and if you can do so you should also open windows to allow fresh air into your home.

Sneezing can mean that your cold is getting better.

Although in the beginning with a cold sneezing is just another symptom of a cold virus but after a few days when you're sneezing it can mean that you're getting better.

Signs that your cold is ending is you start to feel less tired, less fatigued, have more energy, you're not coughing as much, your nose is not as runny, your congestion is clearing up.

Within 7–10 days , people will usually start to recover from a cold.

Symptoms begin to ease up, and people will start feeling better.

People may also find that they have more energy and are more able to carry out tasks as usual.

You can't get rid of a cold overnight although you can help to ease the symptoms of the cold overnight and help speed up the recovery.

To get rid of a cold in 24 hours you should drink plenty of fluids, take cold medicine, use a humidifier, take a steamy hot shower and get plenty of rest.

Your symptoms of your cold virus can improve within 24 to 48 hours although sometimes the cold may last longer even if you do those things.

The 5 stages of a cold are.

Stage 1: Fatigue, headache, sore or scratchy throat.
Stage 2: Sore throat worsens, low fever, mild nasal congestion.
Stage 3: Congestion worsens, sinus and ear pressure become very uncomfortable.
Stage 4: Mucus may turn yellow or green (this is normal).
Stage 5: Energy and congestion improve.

The stages of a cold include.

Incubation Period.

Appearance of cold symptoms.



A cold can go away in 3 days although some colds may linger for 7 to 14 days.

There's no cure for a cold but you can rest, take medicines, stay hydrated, use a humidifier etc to help you recover from your cold virus quicker.

Colds get worse at night because at night your immune system is working harder to fight the cold virus and so it's normal for the cold to be worse at night.

And at night there is less cortisol in your blood and as a result of the lower cortisol your white blood cells readily detect and fight infections in your body at this time, provoking the symptoms of the infection to surface, such as fever, congestion, chills, or sweating.

Drinking water does not really flush out a cold but drinking water keeps you hydrated and helps your body fight off the cold viruses fast.

Drinking lots of water when you have a cold can help to flush out and loosen the mucus in your nasal cavity as well and help relieve congestion too.

If a cold virus lasts longer than 10 days then you should see a doctor.

Most cold viruses go away on their own within 7 to 10 days although some colds may last longer and linger for around 14 days.

A cold should last about 7 to 10 days, and it usually isn't serious enough to warrant a doctor's visit.

However, you should see a doctor if your cold symptoms become more severe after 10 days.

If the cold lasts longer than 10 to 14 days it could be another bacterial infection and should be looked at by a doctor.

Some viruses can last for 6 weeks and it's also possible to get infected with another virus or the same virus again which can make the virus last longer than a week or two.

If your virus is not going away within a week or a few weeks you should see a doctor about it.

In some cases, it may be that the body is simply taking extra time to clear the virus out completely.

However, if symptoms of the virus linger for longer than a few weeks, a person should talk to their doctor.

If your flu is not going away within 14 days then you could have a secondary infection and may have gotten another strain of the flu virus that is making the flu last longer.

Or you could also have a compromised or weakened immune system as well.

If you are not starting to feel better from the flu by day five and your symptoms are getting worse, call your doctor or healthcare provider.

You could have a secondary infection, like bronchitis or an ear or sinus infection that may require antibiotics.

A cough that keeps you up at night may require a prescription cough medicine.

When you have the flu you'll usually feel fatigued for a week with the flu.

However in some cases the fatigue with the flu can last as long as a few weeks to 4 to 6 weeks.

Flu symptoms can sometimes last for weeks.

Although in most cases the flu goes away within a week to 14 days the symptoms of the flu including fatigue may linger for 4 weeks to 6 weeks.

The different stages of the flu include.

Days 1–3: Sudden appearance of fever, headache, muscle pain and weakness, dry cough, sore throat and sometimes a stuffy nose.
Day 4: Fever and muscle aches decrease.
Day 8: Symptoms decrease.

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C.

Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers.

Type C also causes flu; however, type C flu symptoms are much less severe.

When you have the flu you're contagious with the flu 1 day prior to the flu and sometimes as long as 7 to 10 days after the flu.

To get rid of the flu fast without medicine eat foods high in Vitamin C, drink plenty of water, tea, juice etc and breathe hot air as well as use a humidifier in your home or room.

The fastest way to cure the flu naturally include.

Hydration. Austin's number one recommendation for recovering quickly from a cold or flu virus is staying hydrated.
Vitamin C.
Honey and tea.
Chicken soup.
A steamy shower.
Gargling warm salt water.

The flu virus should go away within a week to 14 days.

When you have the flu you should eat foods such as noodles, chicken noodle soup, broccoli, oatmeal, leafy greens, soups, stews etc.

You should drink things such as tea, water, orange juice, pedialyte, sports drinks etc to help keep you hydrated.

To avoid getting the flu get the flu vaccine, get plenty of rest, get plenty of Vitamin C and drink plenty of fluids.

Some other tips to help prevent getting the flu are to.

Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Clean your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes nose or mouth.
Practice other good health habits.

Take Tamiflu before the onset of the flu.

Orange juice does not prevent the flu.

However drinking orange juice gives your body vitamins such as vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system.

Your immune system needs to work properly to help fight off infections such as the flu, cold etc.

So my regularly drinking orange juice you can help your bodies immune system fight off infections so you may not get the flu.

And you'll be healthier as a result of drinking the orange juice as well.

Getting vaccinated before you get the flu can help prevent the flu virus.

However some people still get the flu even with the flu vaccine but most people who do get the flu vaccine do not get the flu and if they do the person who got the flu vaccine typically recovers much quicker than someone who didn't get the flu vaccine.

Getting the flu vaccine does help prevent the flu virus from infecting you.

If you get the flu vaccine soon enough then you may never get the flu in the first place and if you do possibly get the flu then having the flu vaccine can help you recover quicker and make you not feel as sick.

The flu vaccine is a good way to protect both yourself as well as other people around you.

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