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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Overview)

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Overview)

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 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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Treating a Cold (Tip)

Treating a Cold

Increase fluids. Get plenty of rest. Treat symptoms with OTC meds. Don't rush for antibiotics. ...See more

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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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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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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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