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why is it that people say you can catch a cold from cold air or being out in the rain when you really can't?

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Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
It is a myth: If a billion people say a billion false things a billion times, that does not make that falsehood true, .

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Can you please tell me about the actual symptoms of the flu and how do they differ from those of a common cold?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sicker with flu: With true influenza, in addition to the runny/stuffy nose and congestion, you also get a much worse cough, chest tightness, fever is much higher and much more of headaches and body aches with influenza. While a cold is irritating and you feel under the weather, influenza makes you feel like you have been hit by a truck and run over again!
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Is there a good way to make the common cold pass?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It passes on its own: Cold 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 netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of the symptoms of a common cold?

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
Cold viruses: They cause infection of epithelial cells in our respiratory tract which release chemokines and cytokines that causes the symptoms of common cold.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What works against the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Rest, fluids and a sensible diet are most effective at limiting the severity of the infection.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do experts consider effective ways to ease the symptoms of the common cold?

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Dr. Thomas Costello
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Rest and hydration: While not very satisfying, the old fashion advice of drink a lot of fluids and get enough rest is probably the best we have. Dietary supplements have been studied and the data is conflicting. Zinc supplementation may help as may vitamin c - however, neither has enough data for me to fully endorse them as helpful.

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