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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral 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 ...Read more


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Are there any complications from a common cold and are they preventable ?

Are there any complications from a common cold and are they preventable ?

Generally no.: The vast majority of the time common colds are self limited and cause minor symptoms only which fully resolve. Occasionally secondary infections may occur such as a middle ear infection (otitis media) which may require further treatment. Ample rest and increased fluids usually will help prevent secondary problems. ...Read more

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I currently have a common cold, what is the best way to avoid getting myocarditis as a complication ?. What is my risk of getting myocarditis ?

I currently have a common cold, what is the best way to avoid getting myocarditis as a complication ?. What is my risk of getting myocarditis ?

No known prevention: Myocarditis is a severe, though rare complication of viral syndromes. Not all viruses can cause myocarditis. Awareness for such complications seems to be the best known prevention. Chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden worsening of general condition would suggest such a complication. ...Read more

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Can you please explain can common cold lead to severe heart complications. Is this sth that happens in stages or as a result of prior heart illness?

Can you please explain  can common cold lead to severe heart complications.  Is this sth that happens in stages or as a result of prior heart illness?

See answer: The common cold is defined as an upper respiratory viral infection that is self limited. Causes include RhinoViruses, Influenza virus, Adenovirus and Enteroviruses. The common cold does NOT lead to severe heart disease BUT some of the viruses that cause the common cold can also cause myocarditis, which is a separate illness. PATIENTS WITH MYOCARDITIS USUALLY DON'T HAVE A PRECEDING COMMON COLD. ...Read more

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Duration of common cold ?

5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...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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What causes the common cold?

What causes the common cold?

Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good. ...Read more

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How too treat a common cold?

How too treat a common cold?

Symptom relief: 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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Best tablet for common cold?

Best tablet for common cold?

Varies: I usually recommend breaking up the different ingredients of cold medicines to pick the one for the main, 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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How to deal with common cold?

How to deal with common cold?

Cold Tips: 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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