Colds: How to Prevent Them

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A man suffering from a cold blows his nose.

The common cold is one of the most stubborn challenges in health care, but Yale Medicine is working on finding better solutions. 

While there is much about the common cold that we know already—like its telltale symptoms of stuffy or runny nose, cough, low fever, sneezing, sore throat and general aching—there is plenty that we are still discovering, says Ellen Foxman, MD, PhD, a Yale Medicine medical researcher and clinical pathologist. Along with other Yale colleagues, Dr. Foxman is investigating the natural defenses that our bodies use to fight off infection with cold-causing viruses.