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how are the flu and the common cold different?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 47 years experience
Flu is more severe: Influenza is a more severe illness with chills, muscle aches, fever, cough; occurs primarily in winter months, is preventable with a vaccine; & antiviral medications can treat influenza.Common colds occur year around, cause sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, low grade fever;no specific pescription treatment is available. Antibiotics are only for bacterial complications for viral ilnesses.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Flu: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, nausea, emesis and diarrhea. The common cold can be caused by a variety of different viruses, but the symptoms are usually in the upper airways and don't necessarily cause nausea or emesis or diarrhea. We also have vaccines for the flu. There is no such treatment for common cold.

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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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