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Common Cold Or Symptom Agent Medication
I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks
Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more
No known benefit: Antihistamines have a drying effect on any mucous production and will thicken secretions. For many years they have been used to "dress up" kids & make them look less sickly (draining nose, etc.)they have no known benefit to the child during a cold & may thicken the mucous to the point it is harder to cough out. ...Read more
NONE if possible: A common cold really does not need any treatment--just time. But if you are really misearble then tylenol (acetaminophen) is the first line otc medicine then maybe a cough medicine (plain robitussin). It is recommended to just 'target a symptom' and not take a mixture of drugs (e.g. Nyquil, dayquil, contac....). ...Read more
My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?
saline: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry ; thicken the drainage. Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed ; avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read more
Can a common cold during the first trimester increase the chance of birth defects? No fever and no medications were taken.
No: The common cold is a localized process i your upper airway. It does not generate a blood phase that would send the virus to baby through your placenta. Similar conditions like strep throat or a UTI that are localized are also no risk. It is the blood borne issues like measles that cause problems. ...Read more
Rest and hydration: While not very satisfying, the old fashion advice of drink a lot of fluids and get enough rest is probably the best we have. Dietary supplements have been studied and the data is conflicting. Zinc supplementation may help as may vitamin c — however, neither has enough data for me to fully endorse them as helpful. ...Read more
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
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
I have common cold, cough is more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?
Hi, my cousin juste coughed up a big (2cmX.5cm) piece of greenish, light brown stuff. Otherwise, he has the symptoms of a common cold. Should we worry?
Hard to say: But it's possible that your cousin just coughed up something that "went down the wrong pipe" from a bit ago. Otherwise, this could be nasal or sinus secretions from the back of his throat or that traveled to the trachea (wind pipe). I would encourage him to keep an eye on things but to seek help if he has significant respiratory symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or persistent fevers. ...Read more
Flu vs cold: 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. Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. ...Read more
Different: Influenza victims usually have a rapid onset of high fever, dry hacking cough and feel like they were "hit by a truck". A simple cold usually is slower onset, low grade temp, mild aches and pains and cough with congestion that is also milder then the flu. There are rapid flu tests thaty can show immediately what the diagnosis is as early treatment for flu is available. ...Read more
Common cold: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently & thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. Tips: Sore throat gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. > ...Read more
Runny nose, sneezing: The common cold viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections typically that can present with runny nose, sneezing, occasionally with fever, nasal congestion, and cough. Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days but can last as long as 14 days. Extra rest, fluids, and symptomtaic treatment are usually all that is required. Antibiotics will not help colds. ...Read more
Common cold: The best way to treat the symptoms of a common cold is to drink plenty of clear fluids, use nasal saline drops often, and get lots of rest. Most viruses will run their course; however, there are numerous over the counter products to reduce symptoms if the symptoms are preventing you from being comfortable enough to sleep. ...Read more
Many: I break colds into flavors: there are chest colds, nose colds and throat colds, although all common colds can cause all symptoms. Stuffy nose and cough are the most common symptoms, but feeling tired, sore, sick, having sinus pressure or earaches all come with the territory. Many colds start with a sore throat before progressing to stuffy nose and/or cough, but some only involve sore throat. ...Read more
Not usually: The common cold is characterized by a scratchy throat followed by a runny nose and possibly dull headache, chilliness or even slight fever and mild cough. I don't believe that alcohol would aggravate these symptoms. Some cough syrups contain alcohol but I'm not sure that alcohol is really that beneficial. ...Read more
What to do if I'm just finishing up with sick/common cold. They say drinking milk makes symptoms worse again. Is it foolish drink milk at this time?
No: Not foolish. I don't see a reason why you can't drink milk unless you are allergic ...Read more
Not likely: Cold symptoms are upper respiratory and not likely thyroid related. ...Read more