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how long does it take to catch a cold after exposure

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not per se: Common cold is caused by a viral infection. Getting chilled may lower your resistance and make you more susceptible to infection.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
23 years experience Family Medicine
Depends...: It all depends in many factors: What type of virus/bacteria the other person has, how strong is your immune system, how much of the other person's res ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Danielle Reznicsek
25 years experience Emergency Medicine
7-14 days: While a common cold cannot be "cured", it will run its course within 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics are not helpful for the common cold but there are a few ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
3-5 days: With treatment a common cold last about a week, without treatment it lasts 7 days, so you are right in not using unneeded medications. Have a healthy ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
What are symptoms?: Treatment of viral illnesses is based on the symptoms they cause. Runny / stuffy nose - decongestants, cough - antitussives, nausea / vomiting - anti ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience Family Medicine
As long as u take it: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) stays in your body for the amount of time you take it. Amoxicillin, the base medicine, does not have a long h ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Possible asthma: Have her checked out for asthma, her viral illnesses may be triggering off her attacks. Have her evaluated by an allergist.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Uncertain: There is significant variability in the results from research on the impact of zinc on the common cold. Some studies showed no effect and others showe ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A virus is required: To catch a cold. Cold air ^’s nasal mucus production & viscosity. Mucus is part of our body’s defense mechanism. It traps viruses & other particles. W ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Safe tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammat ... Read More
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