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Colds, Flu & Immunity

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Colds & Flu

October 29, 2015

Colds and the flu are caused by viruses. Viruses are essentially strands of genetic material enclosed in a protein coat that penetrate, and literally hijack, susceptible living cells within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure. By exploiting cellular machinery, viruses such as rhinovirus, and influenza rapidly replicate and multiply, and then depart the cell to infect surrounding cells. Symptoms do not occur until the infection reaches a critical threshold; however, it is the inflammatory immune resp....

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Coughing is the body’s natural response to clearing the respiratory area from any obstruction. Coughs are generally caused from either a bacterial infection or a viral infection and can be a ‘dry cough’ (unproductive) or a ‘wet cough’ (productive i.e.brings up mucous). Coughs are generally diagnosed into two categories: Acute cough: lasts less than three weeks in duration and usually as a result of viral/bacterial upper respiratory tract infections. Chronic cough: hangs around for....

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