You usually develop an immunity to a cold virus after you’ve been infected. However, there are an estimated 200 separate cold viruses with about 1,500 variations. You’re probably not immune to those. Gesundheit.

But your body is an incredibly, amazing machine. From the way it processes energy from macro and micro nutrients, to the 1000 trillion synaptic connections operating everything from heart rate regulation to forming memories the body certainly is always hard at work. Not knowing how our body works exactly, just relying on the ability that it does, I think the majority of us take our body’s processes and overall health for granted. Especially, when we get sick.

When our bodies do get sick, in the big picture this is our immune system not recognizing a foreign bacteria, or virus such as the cold or the flu. These foreign illnesses present a threat to our body however, we react in an attempt to purge the illness from our systems, and this can be uncomfortable and often miserable in the process. However, next time around our immune system can recognize and deal with the illness accordingly; hence you can never catch the same cold twice.

Common Colds Are Caused by the Rhinoviruses

Symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. Usually in that order. Other symptoms may include mild fever and aching joints. Once you contract a cold virus, it can take a few days for symptoms to develop and a week to disappear.

With a basic understanding of illness, is it possible that we can get sick with different things all at the same time? The answer sadly, is Absolutely! For example, both the common cold and influenza are common types of different viruses passed among people. You can be infected by simply coming into contact with infected droplets from a cough on a contaminated surface or, in some cases the virus can become airborne.

Once you come into any contact with a virus is only has to make it in through any opening in your body. People usually make themselves sick by contacting a contaminated surface and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Exposure to both kinds of viruses can potentially run your body the risk of becoming ill with the two different kinds of viruses at the same time. The common cold is like influenza’s little brother with symptoms ranging from runny nose, fatigue and congestion, In some few rare cases someone will actually run a fever or discover worse symptoms than these.

The Flu is a Contagious Respiratory Illness

Flu is seasonal and it’s usually caused by one of two different virus every year, Influenza A and Influenza B. Symptoms are coughing, sniffling, and body aches often accompanied by a high fever. Flu viruses are fast acting and marked by fever, chills, and sore throat usually caused by a dry, persistent cough, Some people report muscles spasms and aches such as bodily aches pertaining to individual muscle groups and headache, persistent sweating followed by bouts of nausea and diarrhea. While the common cold and influenza viruses are predominantly identified as upper respiratory infections, it is possible to catch both of them at the same time.

The reality of being able to catch more than one illness at a time is followed by an instant reassurance that if you were ever stuck in suck a predicament, you would never know! The flu’s symptoms far outweigh those of the common cold and many of the symptoms are identical, but more drastic. The amazing thing is that the body can take on more than one threat at the same time! Keeping our bodies running at an optimal rate is what is going to result in us establishing the best health possible. Exercise, quality rest, and plenty of water should keep you on your feet.