Last modified on March 2021
With inputs from Dr.Jisha B, General Physician
Nasopharyngitis (also known as a common cold) is a medical term used to refer to the swelling of the nasal passages and the back of the throat.
Nasopharyngitis is caused typically by a virus, the most common virus being rhinovirus.
Common colds are contagious and spread via tiny airborne droplets that enter the body through the mouth, nose and eyes.
Nasopharyngitis symptoms include nasal and chest congestion, coughing, a low fever, body fatigue, head congestion/headaches, sneezing and runny nose. For most people, common colds last anywhere between a week and 10 days. It is advisable to seek medical assistance if symptoms are not subsiding or improving within that time period.
Nasopharyngitis is diagnosed by a thorough physical examination of the ears, nose, throat areas and further imaging tests such as chest X-rays to check for signs of congestion and any other underlying cause.
There are many home remedies for common cold that doctors may suggest to manage symptoms. Consult a general physician on MFine today to find a treatment plan suited to your symptoms. Refer to more of our medical guides for in-depth information treatment options for various other health-related conditions.