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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 nose, and mild cough.

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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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COPD (Tip)

COPD

Do - get an annual flu shot if you have copd. Influenza could become complicated if your have copd. ...See more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Eat or drink foods and beverages high in vitamin C
Daily
Boost immunity with multivitamins taken in the proper dose
Daily
Drink plenty of fluids
Daily
Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
Daily
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What are the symptoms of common cold?

What are the symptoms of common cold?

V. well known: Runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, fatigue and usually no fever. I thought that everybody was aware of this common ailment. ...Read more

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COPD (Tip)

COPD

COPD is in fact two diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Most with COPD have both. ...See more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Drink lots of fluids
Once
Get plenty of rest
Once
Use a humidifier if desired
Once
See a doctor if your symptoms last longer than 10 days
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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?

See below: The common symptoms of a cold are sore throat, runny or congested nose and in 30% of cases dry cough. Signs that it may be more serious include pus on the tonsils, tender swollen lymph nodes in the neck, high fever with chills, shortness of breath and altered levels of consciousness. ...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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