Because kids are back in the classroom and together all day, more of them are starting to get colds. It's estimated that kids will get up to 12 colds a year if they are in school, and adults may get two to four throughout the year.
The peak season is just starting as we enter the first week of fall. The virus will run its course in seven to 10 days and is best treated with fluids and rest. There are many over-the-counter products that help alleviate symptoms but unfortunately will not shorten the length the cold will run.
Doctors and school nurses say if you have a temperature above 100 degrees or have green or thick, yellow mucus you should stay home from work or school. Also, severe head or sinus pressure, extreme sore throat, or ear pain may be a sign of an infection. Any of these signs or symptoms that last more than 14 days warrant a trip to the doctor.