Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, body aches and scratchy throat — yuk! These unpleasant symptoms are tell-tale signs that you have a cold coming on. While a cold is usually harmless — the symptoms can be annoying at best.
The common cold is a group of symptoms affecting the upper respiratory tract. The symptoms are often caused by a variety of different viruses, up to 200 in fact, although the most frequent cause is the rhinovirus.
Colds are extremely contagious. They are contracted when the virus enters your body through inhaling the germs or touching surfaces that they were lingering on and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.