How dangerous are colds?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner explains just how dangerous colds are.

    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: How dangerous are colds?

    Ronald Turner: Well, colds not themselves are dangerous at all, so nobody dies with cold. There are individuals who by virtue of underlying illnesses may have more severe disease associated with colds. One of those is Asthma for instance, so if you have -- are an asthmatic and you catch a cold, you are susceptible to having an exacerbation of your asthma or reversing of your asthma. So, as a direct consequences of cold there is no danger but there can be complications in some populations.