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Doctor insights on: Cold Symptoms Vs Bronchitis

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Cold symptoms for 4days. Unlike other colds, coughs wake me @night. Similar to what I had 2mo ago when Dr said light bronchitis. Go see Dr or wait?

Cold symptoms for 4days. Unlike other colds, coughs wake me @night. Similar to what I had 2mo ago when Dr said light bronchitis. Go see Dr or wait?

Exam needed: A doctor visit would be a good idea to help establish the likely cause of the cough. Besides a cold, cough can be associated with asthma and acid reflux. Your doctor will take a history and perform an examination to help sort this out. ...Read more

Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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Started w/ cold symptoms w/ very dry cough. In last 2 days, deteriorated to deep/painful cough + nasal/ear congestion. Antibiotics? Bronchitis? Flu?

Viral URI: This sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection, which is common at this time of year. Decongestants (eg, pseudoephedrine) and Ibuprofen are common home remedies. Antibiotics not usually helpful (and may be harmful) . A tincture of time is usually therapeutic. See your doctor if cough becomes productive or bloody, if fever returns above 101, if ear congestion turns to pain. ...Read more

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How do I lessen my cold symptoms?

How do I lessen my cold symptoms?

Cold remedies: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Need help treating cold symptoms ?

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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What are the personal remedies for cold symptoms?

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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What do you do if your cold symptoms are lasting for like a couple weeks?

What do you do if your cold symptoms are  lasting for like a couple weeks?

Cold symptoms 2weeks: Yes if cold symptoms persist for two weeks, that means it is not common cold, it may be allergy or sinus infection or bronchitis, depending on symptoms. ...Read more

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What are common cold symptoms?

What are common cold symptoms?

Many: I break colds into flavors: there are chest colds, nose colds and throat colds, although all common colds can cause all symptoms. Stuffy nose and cough are the most common symptoms, but feeling tired, sore, sick, having sinus pressure or earaches all come with the territory. Many colds start with a sore throat before progressing to stuffy nose and/or cough, but some only involve sore throat. ...Read more

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Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

More vulnerable: High stress can impair your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral illness (colds, coughs, flu, etc). For instance, some research showed that students' immunity went down every year under the simple stress of a three-day exam period. Test takers had fewer natural killer cells, which fight tumors and viral infections. They produced much less immunity-boosting gamma interferon too. ...Read more

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Can you get cold symptoms during.Ovulation?

Can you get cold symptoms during.Ovulation?

Yes, but: Only if you have a cold or flu. Ovulation is not associated with 'cold-like' symptoms. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I have cold symptoms --what can treat them?

I have cold symptoms --what can treat them?

Mainly symptomatic: Decongestionants, mucolytics & cough suppressants rest, fluids will depend on symptoms. ...Read more

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What tea do you suggest to relieve cold symptoms?

What tea do you suggest to relieve cold symptoms?

Any warm liquid: Theres nothing magical about tea or even soups. They are warm liquids that serve as an effective expectorant.The cold otherwise will take its course. Rest , eat when you can, stay hydrated. ...Read more

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I've had cold symptoms for several months. What could it be?

I've had cold symptoms for several months. What could it be?

See below: Just clear drainage? Sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? May be seasonal allergies rather than cold. Otc benadryl/claritin/zyrtec may help symptoms. Saline nasal spray can flush allergens out. If no improvement, see fp for exam. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have cold symptoms lasting for a couple of weeks?

Cold symptoms 2weeks: Yes if cold symptoms persist for two weeks, that means it is not common cold, it may be allergy or sinus infection or bronchitis, depending on symptoms. ...Read more

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Slightly elevated temperature, but not cold symptoms yet. Not to worry yet?

Slightly elevated temperature, but not cold symptoms yet. Not to worry yet?

Likely no problem.: This does not seem to be a problem. You might just have had one high temperature reading. If you get some extra rest, you might not even get a cold. A little more rest, dinking plenty of fluids, and staying clean will give you a great chance of not even getting a cold, or at least, a quick recovery if you get one. ...Read more

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Cold symptoms after 90m swedish massage. Could I have gotten sick from that?

Cold symptoms after 90m swedish massage. Could I have gotten sick from that?

Not what you think: Possible to catch cold from sick massage therapist. But aches, pains may be from massage itself; runny or stuffy nose may be from oils/fragrances used & allergic reactions to them. ...Read more

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For a child with 2 weeks of cold symptoms, how do you know when it's turned into sinusitis?

For a child with 2 weeks of cold symptoms, how do you know when it's turned into sinusitis?

Clinical diagnosis: Acute sinusitis has nasality of speech, purulent nasal discharge, facial swelling and tenderness and sometimes warmth and redness over the maxillary sinus. There may be dental pain or swelling around the eye, and sometimes fever along with the sense of congestion. Any family physician will know how to diagnose and treat this effectively. ...Read more

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I have had cold symptoms for 2 weeks and today i lost my sense of balance and my vision is very shaky. What could be the problem?

I have had cold symptoms for 2 weeks and today i lost my sense of balance and my vision is very shaky. What could be the problem?

Several things: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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General question how can you tell the difference between a cold and myocarditis people die after suffering 'cold symptoms' can you explain? please

General question how can you tell the difference between a cold and myocarditis people die after suffering 'cold symptoms' can you explain? please

Myocarditis: people often die after no symptoms, they can die with cold symptoms and other things. You have a fixation on myocarditis and need help handling this. Please seek professional psychology help to help you handle this problem. ...Read more

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What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

Colds vs flu: Common colds and mild influenza can look very similar. Though both often present with runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever, the flu is typically more severe, and associated with more fatigue, and often body aches. Unlike a cold, it can also become much more severe. See a doctor if you think your child has the flu, particularly if they have a chronic condition such as asthma or heart disease. ...Read more

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What causes cold symptoms only at night?

Is this a pattern?: If you have consistent symptoms which occur only at a certain time of day, these symptoms may be related to hormonal cycles that we all experience on a 24 basis. This is called your circadian rythym. For example, people tend to have more parasympathetic activity at night and parasympathetic activity can lead to runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat - all "cold symptoms". ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more