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Can you go in for an operation if you have the common cold? If I have a cold will my surgery be postponed?

Can you go in for an operation if you have the common cold? If I have a cold will my surgery be postponed?

Maybe: It depeds on your overall health and the length or type of surgery that you may be having. If you are having fevers or a lot of coughing, then surgery may be postponed. If there are only symptoms such as irritated throat or nasal congestion, then surgery may be alright. If it is a longer surgery that is planned, you would not likely want to have a lot of coughing after surgery. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if I got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if I got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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Why does my acid reflux seem to get worse when I have a cold? Do any common cold medicines reduce the effects of omeprazole?

Why does my acid reflux seem to get worse when I have a cold? Do any common cold medicines reduce the effects of omeprazole?

Meds, post nasal drip: When sick w an upper respiratory tract infection, post nasal drip can be irritating to the throat, esophagus&stomach. Many common cold meds contain NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories)eg.ibuprofen or naproxen, which can irritate the esophagus. Spending more time in bed does not help acid reflux, either. Gaviscon (or"compare with Gaviscon"generic)after meals& at bedtime can boost protective effect of omeprazole ...Read more

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Is Bell's palsy caused by a common cold, I've either had allergies or cold still have a cold hubby got Bell's palsy? Worried I will get bp

Is Bell's palsy caused by a common cold, I've either had allergies or cold still have a cold hubby got Bell's palsy? Worried I will get bp

Not contagious: Bell's Palsy is not contagious. It can be caused by some viruses, but not the ones that cause the common cold. Stop worrying! ...Read more

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Going in for surgery on sep 27. I have a cold can I still have anesthisia? Went to doctors just a cold nothing more. Really don't want to cancel.

Going in for surgery on sep 27. I have a cold can I still have anesthisia? Went to doctors just a cold nothing more. Really don't want to cancel.

Probably: A "cold" will resolve by 9/27. If, however, symptoms persist or worsen (a productive cough, fever, muscle aches) let your care team know. Elective surgery would then have to wait; "reactive" airways due to irritated mucosal linings would add a small, but significant, risk to anesthesia. Prudence, then, dictates waiting until that "cold" is on the downswing. ...Read more

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I am having spine surgery procedure tomorrow; I have a cold; what do I do?

I am having spine surgery procedure tomorrow; I have a cold; what do I do?

Do not have it: Back surgery is mainly optional. You should see your pcp for evaluation & medical clearance. For elective surgery you should in best of health! ...Read more

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Is arthroscopic surgery ok if I have a cold? Shoulder repair

Is arthroscopic surgery ok if I have a cold? Shoulder repair

Yes, if no fever: If you are having arthroscopic shoulder surgery (labral repair, rotator cuff, etc.) electively u can have surgery@our surgery center w/ a cold as long as you don't have a signifigant fever or other symptoms. Check w/your surgeon;some will say to re-schedule even if u are not having a fever...Varies w/docto and sometimes the anesthesiologist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have a cold toes under my cast after surgery?

What do you advise if I have a cold toes under my cast after surgery?

Check capillary: Return to make sure it is instantaneous. In general are your feet cold before surgery? If not you should discuss with surgeon. Noral cap return would indicate your circulation is likely fine but it is plausible the cast is tight with pressure on nerve and that's why toes are cold. Yu could try rubbing in a cream with l-arginine and see if that changes anything, . ...Read more

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My son has tetralogy of fallot. He is a month old & hasn't had surgery yet. I have a cold. Would it be very dangerous for him to catch it?

My son has tetralogy of fallot. He is a month old & hasn't had surgery yet. I have a cold. Would it be very dangerous for him to catch it?

Yes, possibly: Keep in mind that infants in general have smaller airways, smaller reserve and can have more significant symptoms and morbidity than adults. Now add to this that this pt has a congenital heart lesion and you can understand that you want to try to keep this pt as healthy as possible, and although he may do well with a cold, his likelyhood of not doing well is higher than the general population. ...Read more

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Why does my voice sound different to me than to other people, they say I sound like I have a cold? I record myself, it does sound a bit nasal, but how could it get fixed? Surgery? Had this for years

Why does my voice sound different to me than to other people, they say I sound like I have a cold? I record myself, it does sound a bit nasal, but how could it get fixed? Surgery? Had this for years

Nasal voice: It is possible you have an anatomical variant causing some type of obstruction in your nose. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Having Surgery on my ankles this Friday. I have a cold (cough, sore throat, and stuffy/runny rose). no fever. Is it safe to proceed with surgery?

Depends of type: Of anesthesia and urgency of surgery. Considering your other medical problems, it might be wise to postpone your operation. Speak to your surgeon about timing of the operation. ...Read more

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Low back surgery 3 weeks ago. Had a headache that won't budge x3 days, connected? When should I worry? Might have a cold starting, is it from that?

Low back surgery 3 weeks ago. Had a headache that won't budge x3 days, connected? When should I worry? Might have a cold starting, is it from that?

I think the time...: ...to worry is when your symptoms concern you so much that u start searching the Web for answers. No one can predict what you might be starting to have! If you haven't scheduled a post-op visit with your surgeon, you should do so now. If you can't see your surgeon promptly, an urgent care center is your next best bet. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Have a "cold" thyroid nodule <3cm. Dr wants biopsy but I suggest surgery to get it over with. What do you suggest?

Have a "cold" thyroid nodule <3cm. Dr wants biopsy but I suggest surgery to get it over with. What do you suggest?

Biopsy: Most of the cold nodules on thyroid scans are benign but cancer has to be ruled out. Thyroid biopsy is a relatively noninvasive and simple procedure to perform and can give the answer. I would definitely suggest to start with a biopsy as an initial step. Then, if it is inconclusive or you feel very uncomfortable, talk to your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I got cold after septoplasty is it common? Safe? Its my 3rd day after surgery what should I do?

Hi I got cold after septoplasty is it common? Safe? Its my 3rd day after surgery what should I do?

Home remedies: You most likely have developed a viral infection post-operatively. The viral infection should have little effect on the final result of the septoplastly. The healing process may take a little longer. Fluids, vitamin c and time are all that is necessary. The surgeon might want to take the pack (splints) a little early. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it common to be cold all the time after weight loss surgery?

Is it common to be cold all the time after weight loss surgery?

Sometimes: A lot of patients will say they feel cold all the time for a number of reasons that my colleagues just talked about. Get used to dressing in layers. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to infection when you have the common cold?

Are you more prone to infection when you have the common cold?

Somewhat: Secondary bacterial infection is more common when tissues have been damaged by underlying infection with another organism like a virus. That having been said, it is still unusual for that to happen if not due to influenza or a similar virus. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a lot of saliva if you have the common cold?

Is it common to have a lot of saliva if you have the common cold?

Yes: An assortment of health conditions can also cause a temporary over-production of saliva. For example, tonsillitis can cause an increased saliva production which stops when the tonsils are surgically taken out. Respiratory infections or an infection of certain glands can also result in excessive saliva. A common cold, strep throat and infectious mononucleosis are three common examples. ...Read more

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I have the common cold and why do I alway feel worse at night? Also my body gets weak at night also.

I have the common cold and why do I alway feel worse at night? Also my body gets weak at night also.

Common phenomena: Increased mucus production, and accumulation during the day and overall congestion, forces the mouth breathing instead of nose breathing. When we lie down, congestion spreads and can seem worse. Some cytokines influence the sleep are effected. Hence, we don't get restful, reproductive sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the common cold and I also have a horse show coming up, is it ok if I ride. I'm afraid I might get my pony sick. Will i?

What to do if I have the common cold and I also have a horse show coming up, is it ok if I ride. I'm afraid I might get my pony sick. Will i?

Vet question: Here are three sites where you can get this answered: My Pet ED : http://www. Mypeted. Com/ * Just Answer On-line Vets at: http://www. Justanswer. Com/sip/veterinary * Ask a Vet: http://www. Banfield. Com/Pet-Owners/Pet-Health/Ask-a-Vet * Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a cold and only one side of my nose is stuffed up. Is this common?

I have a cold and only one side of my nose is stuffed up. Is this common?

Nasal cycling: Is it one side stuffed up and later it switches to the other side being stuffed up? That is not unusual and is called "nasal cycling". If it really is only 1 side maybe you have a deviated septum and the swelling affects you more on that side. In kids, when only 1 side is stuffed up you worry that they stuck a foreign object up the nostril and that needs immediate attention if so. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the common cold, or something else?

How do I know if I have the common cold, or something else?

Cold vs Flu?: Cold sx may include: cough, congestion, sneezing, mild fever (or no fever), sore throat, runny nose, minor headaches or bodily aches ; slight fatigue. Flu symptoms can include fever, chills, sore throat, cough, headaches, nasal congestion marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue. When present, nausea, vomiting and loose stools are more often seen in children. ...Read more

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What medication can I take for a common cold if I am pregnant?

NONE if possible: A common cold really does not need any treatment--just time. But if you are really misearble then tylenol (acetaminophen) is the first line otc medicine then maybe a cough medicine (plain robitussin). It is recommended to just 'target a symptom' and not take a mixture of drugs (e.g. Nyquil, dayquil, contac....). ...Read more

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What can I take for the common cold if I also take nardil (phenelzine)?

Avoid stimulants: The legally correct answer would be "use something like www. Drugs. Com for drug-drug interaction. The practical answer is: avoid caffeine -like an stimulants; you should also avoid antidepressants, but they are not likely a part of the cold medicine. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

Not so easy: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung or lower respiratory tracts. A cold (usually caused by viruses) is an infection of the upper respiratory tract - flu also usually affects the upper tract but can start involving the lungs (serious). A patient should see a physician who can do lab tests and get an x-ray - doubly important to do so if a person is getting worse, dehydrated, or short of breath. ...Read more