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A 23-year-old female asked:

Scratchy sore throat, runny nose, dry cough worse at night and in heat. 2 day history. just traveled with friends on a cruise ship who all have similar sx's. drinking lots of oj and taking vitamin c and resting. thinking that it is just cold a cold, howev

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 11 years experience
Likely a cold: Controversy exists about vitC supplements for a cold. Taking the suggested amount (and not more) is safe. Warning signs that should prompt one to see a physician are sudden worsening of the throat pain, enlarging lymph nodes, persistent fever, any resultant breathing difficulty, sinus pressure after 14 days that is not improving, and suddenly getting worse after a period of improvement.
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