Best way to fight the common cold

(CNN) – Common colds can happen anytime of the year, but we seem to catch more of them during the winter. But doctors said it's not the chilly temperatures that affect the immune system.

There are 200 viruses that can cause a cold and they're everywhere year round.

Experts said during the winter months, people stay indoors and germs are more easily spread because people are in close quarters.

To avoid the fever, runny nose and sore throat is quite simple. Washing your hands thoroughly gets rid of the germs that can be transferred to other parts of your body especially if you touch your nose or mouth.

If you are sick, stay home and don't infect those around you. The germs are very contagious.

As for treatment, doctors say over the counter medications relieve symptoms, but to keep away from the antibiotics because a cold is a virus, and antibiotics don't kill viruses.

Doctors said bed rest, liquids and a little TLC are the best ways to get rid of the common cold.

Although most colds are pretty mild, know when a cold can become a problem. Go to the doctor if you have a high fever – over 100.4 for a child or over 103 degrees for an adult.

Also, if your symptoms last longer than 10 days or are accompanied with neck stiffness and pain, it could mean you have a serious viral infection.

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