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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold Or Symptom Agent (Overview)

Common cold or symptom agents are over the counter or prescription drugs that treat common ailments like cough, runny nose or sore throat.


Dr. Heidi Fowler
16 doctors shared insights

Common Cold Or Symptom Agent (Overview)

Common cold or symptom agents are over the counter or prescription drugs that treat common ailments like cough, runny nose or sore throat.


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Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics when a person seems to just have a common cold or virus? Is it necessary if he has a high fever?

Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics when a person seems to just have a common cold or virus? Is it necessary if he has a high fever?

Normally, physicians: Don't prescribe antibiotics for a common cold or a virus. If the person has a secondary bacterial infection/ complication - then use of antibiotics may be appropriate. A fever could be present with a virus (like influenza) or a bacterial infection. So a fever alone, is not the deciding factor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold and is there an effective way to relieve them?

What are the symptoms of common cold and is there an effective way to relieve them?

COLDS: Colds are viral or allergic in origin.Sometimes it becomes purulent due to bacterial infection. In children, there's no treatment it is self limited. In adults, we give decongestant and antibiotic if necessary for the associated infection. ...Read more

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Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Does echinacea work against the common cold?

Probably not much: There is some german literature that shows minor benefit. ...Read more

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Is getting and recovering from a case of the common cold of any benefit to my immune system?

Is getting and recovering from a case of the common cold of any benefit to my immune system?

Sure: When the immune system sees a new infection it stimulates the production of memory antibodies specific to, that organism. The next time the body gets infected these memory antibodies are immediately present inactivating the agent. The common cold virus however frequently changes so that the memory antibodies may not recognize it which causes an infection. ...Read more

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How long does the common cold typically last?

7 -10 days: Most common colds resolve within 7 to 10 days. Colds that last longer may have become complicated with an ear infection (acute otitis media) or sinusitis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the various symptoms of the common cold?

What are the causes of the various symptoms of the common cold?

Cold symptoms: Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired & watery eyes. ...Read more

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How long is a common cold contagious for? And are we contagious even before symptoms appear?

Common cold: This condition can be caused by a large variety of viruses, the most common is rhinovirus. People are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days of a cold. A cold is usually not contagious after the first week. Cold symptoms usually start about 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. Symptoms mostly affect the nose. ...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