What should I do at the first sign of a cold?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner, Professor of Pediatrics, UVA, Virginia School of Medicine discusses what to do at the first sign of a cold.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: What should I do at the first sign of a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Well, I do not know if you have to do anything at the first sign of a cold. The symptom complex of a cold usually begins especially those caused by the Rhinoviruses, usually begins with a sore or scratchy throat, followed very quickly by onset of nasal obstruction and runny nose and so that is usually the first things that you notice when you are starting to catch a cold and at that point there is nothing that you can do to shorten the cold or to prevent the worsening of symptoms. So, it is symptomatic treatment at that point.