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do i have to be careful not to catch a cold?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Most people catch several viral infections ( the common cold) a year and symptoms of congestion and cough resolve in a few days without complications however if you are immunosuppressed due to another medical condition, it is important to try and avoid catching viral illnesses that may interfere with your treatment or make your primary illness worse. Frequent handwashing helps!
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Not sure: I am not certain of the question. It is impossible to prevent a person from catching a cold. By definition, this is a viral infection caused by a number of viruses, most commonly rhino-virus. I am not suggesting that a cold could not be complicated by more serious sequelae, but aside from sinusitis, colds are usually self limited. Nevertheless, a cold may occur no matter what you do.

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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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