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what's the difference between the flu and a really bad cold?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Depends: The real flu is influenza virus. A cold is usually rhinovirus, but sometimes one of many others. The influenza symptoms are usually more severe, very high fever, very deep cough, not just a little achy but achy like a truck ran over you then backed up and did it again. Influenza can be tested and treated to decrease severity if you get seen early.

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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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