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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
1,401 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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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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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 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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