Common Colds


Sneezing, stuffy and runny nose? You might have a cold. Every year, adults have an average of 2 to 3 colds, and children have even more.

Antibiotics do not work against viruses that cause colds and will not help you feel better.

More than 200 viruses can cause a cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common type. Viruses that cause colds can spread from person to person through the air and close personal contact.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)