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A 25-year-old member asked:

hi i am suffering from bad cold n cough... how to get cure i have taken a enough medicine!?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Sick: Have you seen a doctor? If so, did they even bother to look in your nose, mouth or ears? Listen to your lungs? Maybe do some rapid labs?
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Viral...: Unfortunately, most colds are due to viral infections so they just need to run their course and symptoms are controlled while waiting for the virus to finish! there is no cure! it will resolve on its own if it is a typical cold. If your symptoms don't resolve within a week or so, see your doctor to be sure your symptoms are not due to something else! good luck!

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Is it true that the cold and flu are most contagious before the onset of symptoms?

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No: Since colds and the flu are generally spread through respiratory droplets (i.e. Coughing and sneezing), people are most contagious when they appear sick.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I treat coughing and colds in my 4-month-old?

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Very carefully!: Cough, cold and nasal congestion are very common in kids under 6 months. Recommended, safe treatments include nasal saline drops, vaporizer, elevating the head of the bed, and occasional nasal suction. If your baby has a fever, refuses to eat, is extremely irritable, or is wheezing, you need to see the pediatrician. Do not use over-the-counter cough and cold meds, even those sold for "infants".
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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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In unvaccinated...: In unvaccinated children, death and brain hemorrhage are likely possibilities (they cough so hard, they can exhaust their breathing muscles or burst a blood vessel in the brain). Even without complications, constant cough for 3 months is a highly unpleasant experience.
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A 49-year-old female asked:

I get dizzy when I bend over or cough?

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Dr. Ish Rawal
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Vasovagal: It sounds like your blood pressure drops when you bend over or cough... In the normal sense the body is reacting more than what it should. Also you might have to get your blood pressure checked to make sure it is not varying significantly in different positions like laying, sitting or standing. Lastly positional vertigo is a possibility.
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How long does it take for a whooping cough to get over?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
UH BOY...: There is a reason why they used to call this disease the "100 day cough". In my experience, it takes several weeks(2-4), sometimes longer. This is true despite all we do to try and make your infection go away. I've had patients who have fractured ribs from whooping cough...

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