If you're lucky, you won't be one of the 1 billion cold sufferers in America this year. If you're not so lucky, you may find yourself hit with a bout of sinus congestion, coughing, sore throat, aches and other cold-related maladies. Adults get an average of two to four colds annually, while kids can catch as many as 12 in a year [source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases].
Viruses -- more than 200 types -- cause colds, and unfortunately, there's no cure or vaccination. So what can you do when you find yourself or your family down for the count? Wait it out. Colds last about a week, and although there's no quick fix, treating the symptoms may help you feel better while it runs its course.