Common cold Epidemiology

Common cold Epidemiology - Common cold Epidemiology The...

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Common cold Epidemiology The common cold is, as the name suggests, the commonest form of illness in the developed world. As such it is also the number one cause of sick days and lost productivity. In an average 75 year life span the average person suffers from more than 200 common colds usually lasting 2-6 days. Diagnosis Diagnosis is almost always made clinically. Colds typically involve infection in the upper respiratory tract and cause a sore painful cough or bronchitis. Laboratory investigations are not necessary to confirm diagnosis, since it is likely that once the results are returned the individual will have recovered from the symptoms. Most colds are simple and self limiting, resolving over the course of a week. However some cases cases are complicated by secondary bacterial infections, leading to conditions such as sinusitis, otitis media and infections of the lower respiratory tract. Treatment
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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