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A 38-year-old female asked:

Can a cold cause a fever in an adult?have cold symptoms & temp of 99.5 using ear thermometer. just took some cold meds.i'm scared! sorry i'm a worrier

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It usily does : Cold or an upper respiratory infection are caused by viruses and frequently cause quite a few symptoms, including fever which can range from mild to very high. The good news is that the cold is a self limiting disease lasting no more than 7-10 days, for which OTC meds usually suffice.
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