It's that unfortunate time of year when everyone seems to be sick with the common cold.
Cold season begins around late September to April. The average adult will suffer from two to three colds a year, but according to Dr. John Wycoff, kids are the ones hit the hardest during cold season.
"Kids will have six to eight colds a year, mainly because they're around other sick kids and don't practice the best hygiene," said Dr. Wycoff.
There are over 200 viruses that cause the common cold, and there's not one drug or vaccine to protect us. If you're trying to pick and over the counter medication to treat your symptoms and are a little overwhelmed, one pharmacist says you need to be specific as to which symptoms are giving you the most problems.
"Is the stuffy nose, inability to sleep, coughing? There are many medications out there that can treat any symptom," said Jim Waun, Sparrow Pharmacy Plus.
While some people turn to herbal remedies as well, doctors say the best way to protect yourself is to always wash your hands, especially if you're an adult caring for a sick child.
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Source: www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/cold.htm National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and National Institutes of Health Web site) contributed to this report.