Qu'est-ce que le rhume ?


**Q: What⁢ is the common cold?**



**A:** The ‌common cold is ‌a viral infection of the nose and throat. It ⁣is caused by more than 100 ⁣different types of viruses, the most⁤ common being rhinoviruses. The cold virus spreads through contact with⁢ respiratory⁢ droplets from an infected person, either through direct contact or by touching something that‍ has ⁤been contaminated with the virus⁤ and then touching your face.



**Q: What are ⁤the symptoms of the common cold?**



**A:** The symptoms⁣ of the common cold vary from person to person, but may⁤ include:



*‍ Runny nose

* Stuffy⁣ nose

*​ Sneezing

* Sore throat

* Coughing

*‍ Headache

* Body aches

* Fatigue

* Low-grade fever



**Q:⁣ How is the common cold diagnosed?**



**A:** The common cold is typically⁣ diagnosed based on your symptoms. Your doctor‍ may also perform a physical exam to⁤ check for signs of infection.



**Q: How is the common cold treated?**



**A:** There ‌is no cure for the common cold, but treatment can help to⁤ relieve symptoms. Treatments may include:



* Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as‌ acetaminophen or ibuprofen

* ⁤Decongestants

* Cough suppressants

* Rest

* Fluids



**Q:⁤ How can I prevent the common cold?**



**A:** There​ is no guaranteed way to prevent ​the common cold, but there are⁢ some steps you can take to ‍reduce your⁤ risk:



* Wash your hands frequently⁣ with soap ⁣and ⁢water.

* Avoid touching your face.

* Stay away from people who are sick.

*⁣ Cover your mouth and nose​ when you cough or sneeze.

* Clean and ⁣disinfect surfaces that may have been contaminated with the virus.



**Q: When should I see a doctor?**



**A:** ⁣You should see a doctor if you have a cold and:



* Your symptoms are ⁤severe or getting worse.

* You have​ a fever that ⁤lasts more than 3 days.

* You have a headache that is severe ‌or does not go away.

* You‍ have shortness of breath or chest pain.

* ⁣You ⁤are vomiting or have diarrhea.

* You have a⁣ weakened immune system.

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