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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Overview)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, and mild cough.


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What are good treatments for the common cold?

What are good treatments for the common cold?

Cold tips: How to help a cold: for the sore throat- gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). For congestion- saline nose drops or a netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. Add honey & a small amount of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,403 doctors shared insights

Common Cold (Overview)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, and mild cough.


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Are there complications associated with a common cold?

Are there complications associated with a common cold?

Yes: A common cold triggers mild inflamation and drainage thru affected areas of the head & respiratory tract. Most infants and todlers will do fine and the symptoms pass. The extra drainage provides a bounty of extra food for germs that often barely get by in the body before being swallowed & digested. Extra germ growth may lead to ear, sinus, lung & throat infections producing a change in symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Consume foods and beverages that are high in Vitamin C
Daily
Boost your immunity by taking a multivitamin in the proper dose
Daily
Drink plenty of fluids
Daily
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night
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What are the symptoms of common cold?

What are the symptoms of common cold?

Symptoms: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever, and mild body aches. ...Read more

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What are some non-drug treatments for Common cold?

What are some non-drug treatments for Common cold?

The non drug treatments for Common cold include:: Watchful waiting, Honey, Nasal saline irrigation, Bathroom steam, Throat lozenges, Warm bath. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it tingles
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Ask your dentist to use a diode laser to help the cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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How do you diagnose common cold?

How do you diagnose common cold?

Clinically diagnosed: Your doctor will make the diagnosis of a common cold based on your signs and symptoms by performing a history taking and a physical exam. The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, or headache. ...Read more

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How does the common cold differ from the flu?

How does the common cold differ from the flu?

Flu: With flu, you have a headache and a fever and general muscle aches in addition to cold like symptoms and you are much sicker. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold?

Symptoms: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever, and mild body aches. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

Sx's: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ...Read more

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I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated? Had antibiotic the day after I had a CBC test?

I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated? Had antibiotic the day after I had a CBC test?

Hmm: Unfortunately viruses can cause elevated white blood cells. I would speak to the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics and follow up with them. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have coughing, sneezing ear pain and shoulder pain. What could this be? I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and without taking any tests or examining me, the ER doctor diagnosed me with a common cold with bronchitis. Unfortunately I am a smoker and scared

I have coughing, sneezing ear pain and shoulder pain. What could this be? I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and without taking any tests or examining me, the ER doctor diagnosed me with a common cold with bronchitis. Unfortunately I am a smoker and scared

Hard to say: The shoulder pain doesn't fit well into the er doc's diagnosis. Ear pain can come from eustachian tube dysfunction due to irritation at the back of the throat. Heart pain can radiate to the shoulder and with you being a smoker perhaps an ekg or chest x-ray is warranted. Time to get help in stopping smoking? ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause common cold?

Can food allergies cause common cold?

Nope: Food allergies can cause a lot of challenges but we can't blame colds on them too. Germs — usually viruses — cause the common cold. Some folks find that dairy makes them more snotty: stuffy nose and ears. ...Read more

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How should I treat common cold with simple home remedies?

How should I treat common cold with simple home remedies?

See below: Take lots of vitamin c, drink lots of fluids, take airborne, get lots of sleep. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat the common cold?

Is there any way to treat the common cold?

Symptom relief: Nothing has been clearly shown to shorten the duration of colds. Treatment is directed at symptoms: lozenges for sore throat, decongestants for nasal and sinus congestion, and cough medications for cough. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment for common cold?

What are the best treatment for common cold?

Symptomatic: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What is the "non pharmacological "treatments of common cold?

Common cold: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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How can I cure common cold?

How can I cure common cold?

You can't, symptom: Relief only. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I'm miserable. Please tell me how to get rid of common cold?

I'm miserable. Please tell me how to get rid of common cold?

Don't fight-- rest!: Common colds are inevitable and most people get a few every year. Despite multiple attempts to find a good prevention, none of the many over the counter remedies really do much to prevent them. Handwashing and avoiding those who are sick helps though. Once you have a cold treat the symptoms to make yourself as comfy as possible and rest and take care of your self. You will get better in 5-7 days. ...Read more

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30 y.O. M asymptomatic, just common cold. Urinalysis shows urobilinogen of the chart, + leukocyte, very little billirubin. Drugs:cialis and dianabol.

30 y.O. M asymptomatic, just common cold. Urinalysis shows urobilinogen of the chart, + leukocyte, very little billirubin. Drugs:cialis and dianabol.

Follow-up: If I understand, your urine urobilinogen level was very high, there was a trace of bilirubin in your urine, you are taking dianabol, and you are not visibly jaundiced. Dianabol will cause cholestasis and is the likely explanation for the bilirubinuria. The elevated urobilinogen will prompt a savvy physician to order liver enzymes and a reticulocyte count to check for hemolysis. ...Read more

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The Best tablet for common cold?

The Best tablet for common cold?

Varies: I usually recommend breaking up the different ingredients of cold medicines to pick the one for the main, the worst symptom. Stuffy noses respond to Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) phenylephrine (sudafed pe), oxymetazoline (afrin- 3 days max!). Coughs do better with Guaifenesin and detromethorphan (mucinex dm). Achiness and pain and sore throats with Ibuprofen (motrin) or tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen.). ...Read more

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Can t1d be triggered by a common cold virus, not just the coxsackie virus? Any answers appreciated!

No: T1DM can happen gradually with a buildup of anti-insulin producing cell antibodies for weeks or months when some triggering event brings out symptomatic disease. An illness of any description could be the tipping point, because it triggers stress hormones that raise the blood sugar. There are other ways to kill off insulin production (genetic,toxic) but a cold will not do the deed. ...Read more

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If I get a common cold when I am pregnant, is my baby at risk?

If I get a common cold when I am pregnant, is my baby at risk?

Unlikely & no specif: Colds differ from many illnesses by not getting into your blood like the flu. Cold virus tends to live on the airway surface like weeds in a lawn causing irritation & mucous flow. It doesn't attack baby. Illnesses that have a blood phase like the flu or measles have some risks for baby. ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to prevent common cold such as eating something or taking natural food resources besides taking the shot?

Are there any other ways to prevent common cold such as eating something or taking natural food resources besides taking the shot?

No shot for colds: You can reduce the severity of infection by maintaining good health, through a balanced diet, exercise; avoiding tobacco and alcohol. You can reduce your chances of getting the infection by frequent hand washing. There are no specific foods that would prevent infection and there is no shot for common cold. ...Read more

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If I take vitamin c, can I avoid the common cold?

If I take vitamin c, can I avoid the common cold?

Prevent? not treat: Vitamin c may help *prevent* the common cold [studies disagree]. But, alas, vitamin c doesn't shake loose the common cold once it's grabbed a hold of you. ...Read more

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Duration of common cold ?

Duration of common cold
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5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...Read more