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does the common cold only infect people during the winter?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
No: The common cold can and does infect people year round (just ask any floridian). Cold viruses tend to be most active in the winter when people are more likely to be inside and close together and when the temperature is more conducive to viral reproduction, but plently of people get colds in the summer.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: The common cold can occur year round but there is a higher frequency of colds in the winter months for several reasons: 1) more time is spent indoors, 2) we tend to close our windows in the winter resulting in more recirculated air, 3) more close contact with others (since 85% of respiratory infections are passed through hand-to-hand contact.

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Are there complications associated with a common cold?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: A common cold is another way of saying a 'mild virus'. Viral illnesses of course can come with a number of complications, most of which have to do with the medical history, age, and luck of your child. The younger the child, the more potential for a virus to cause more inflammation and trouble breathing. Ear infections, pneumonias and sinus infections are known issues. Most however, will do fine.
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How long does the common cold typically last?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
7 -10 days: Most common colds resolve within 7 to 10 days. Colds that last longer may have become complicated with an ear infection (acute otitis media) or sinusitis.
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What are the causes of the common cold?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Viruses: Common colds are caused by viruses, rhinovirus is the most common.
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What is the treatment for the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
TLC: Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure. In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wiping or gentle suction. For severe congestion (swelling inside of the nose), over-the-counter phenylephrine nose drops (0.125%-0.25%) may be used every 4 hours if feeding or sleeping are significantly affected.
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What are the symptoms of the common cold?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Common cold: Common cold=uri (upper respiratory infection) is runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing.

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