Common Cold Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

A simple common cold can slow you down and hurt your productivity. That's why Calvin Wong, MD, at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, offers compassionate and effective care to relieve the most troublesome cold symptoms and help prevent severe secondary infections. Call today or book your appointment with the scheduling button below.

Common Cold Q & A

What is a common cold?

Common colds are indeed among the most common upper respiratory illnesses in the world. More than 200 viruses can cause colds, though more than half of all colds are attributable to the rhinovirus and coronavirus.

Even though the symptoms can be aggravating, colds usually aren’t serious.

What are the symptoms of a common cold?

Usually, about three days after a virus enters your body, the symptoms begin. You may experience any of the following for a few days or a few weeks:

  • Runny nose
  • Scratchy throat
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Watery eyes
  • Body aches
  • Congestion

How does a common cold spread?

Cold viruses spread via tiny droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. You can catch a cold when you inhale the airborne droplets. They're also transmittable through contaminated objects or person-to-person contact.

Colds are extremely contagious. Researchers say Americans suffer from a billion colds every year, and they’re the No. 1 reason kids miss school and adults miss work.

When should I see a doctor for a common cold?

Typically, you won't need to see a doctor for a common cold. The cold has to run its course, which can take up to three or four weeks.

Colds have no cure and most medications only alleviate the symptoms. But there are a few things you can do to help ease the symptoms:

  • Drink ample fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Treat raw skin around your nose with ointments
  • Take probiotics
  • Increase Vitamin C intake

More severe cold symptoms may merit medical attention, including:

  • Sustained high fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual pain
  • Trouble breathing

It’s rare, but sometimes colds can lead to more serious secondary illnesses, such as ear infections, pneumonia, or strep throat. You should always seek treatment for any of these conditions.

If you have severe cold symptoms or secondary infections, Dr. Wong provides expert treatment and compassionate care. Call now or book online.