Common Cold Specialist

First Med Marin

Barry Landfield, MD

Family Medicine Practitioner located in Greenbrae, CA

On average, American adults have two to three colds per year. When left untreated, a common cold can often be a draining, debilitating condition. At First Med Marin in Greenbrae, California, Barry Landfield, MD, offers quick and effective treatment for common colds to help you get rid of your symptoms and lower your chances of spreading the infection to those around you. If you’ve been exhibiting cold symptoms, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Common Cold Q & A

What is a common cold?

A common cold refers to a viral infection in your throat and nose that’s similar to the flu, but less serious. Generally speaking, a common cold is harmless, even though its symptoms might make it appears as though it isn’t. A common cold can affect people at any age, though children under the age of 6 are much more likely to develop one. 

While symptoms generally fade within 10 days, you should consider seeing Dr. Landfield to expedite this process.


What causes a common cold?

There are many factors that go into causing a common cold, though rhinoviruses are the most likely culprit.

A common cold virus enters your body through your nose, eyes, or mouth by way of droplets in the air. These droplets can travel from infected person to infected person naturally and stealthily. You might also catch a cold as a result of close contact with an infected person.

Various additional factors go into determining your likelihood of developing a cold, such as your immune system health, age, and exposure to inclement weather. Speak to Dr. Landfield about how you can protect yourself from a common cold.


How do I know if I have a cold?

You’ll know you have a cold once you start noticing symptoms. In most cases, these symptoms begin to make themselves known within three days of exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of a cold include:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever

As your common cold starts to run its course, you might notice that discharges from your nose change color or become thicker.

You should go see a doctor if you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, especially if you start wheezing or if your fever lasts longer than five days.


Is a common cold dangerous?

A common cold is generally harmless, as it goes away quickly. Nonetheless, a common cold can at times lead to more significant issues, including:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Acute ear infections

You should speak to Dr. Landfield about how you can avoid these issues.


How is a common cold treated?

While there’s no known cure for the common cold, Dr. Landfield can prescribe medication to help with your symptoms. He might recommend pain relievers to help with sore throats and headaches, decongestant nasal sprays that you can use for up to five days, and cough syrup to start your throat’s healing process.

Get rid of your common cold as soon as you can. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Landfield at First Med Marin online or by phone today.