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Doctor insights on: Common Cold Chills

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Chills (Definition)

Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation, and are the body's way of generating heat when it feels that it is cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in ...Read more


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I have, sore throat, chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8. Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

I have, sore throat,  chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8.  Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

Hard to guess: New throat pain can be strep throat (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antivirals may be used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (to see if a prescription is needed). With chills and lots of fatigue, it's more likely a flu-like illness or strep throat. ...Read more

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Duration of common cold ?

Duration of common cold
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5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...Read more

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How too treat a common cold?

How too treat a common cold?

Symptom relief: 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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How to stop common cold relapse?

How to stop common cold relapse?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill. ...Read more

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What works against the common cold?

What works against the common cold?

Colds: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline 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 should I take for a common cold?

What should I take for a common cold?

For symptom relief >: 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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Why can't the common cold be treated?

Why can't the common cold be treated?

Virus: The common cold is a virus, and it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Those are only good for bacteria. You can only treat the symptoms of a cold, but you mostly have to let it run its course... ...Read more

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What should I take for a common cold?

What should I take for a common cold?

Symptom relief: There is no cure for the common cold, but there are meds that may make the symptoms a little more bearable. These include over-the-counter pain and fever relievers, nasal sprays, and cough medications. If you have several medical conditions, take prescription medications, or treating a young child, check with your doctor before taking OTC medications. http://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 ...Read more