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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

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

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Common Cold (Definition)

An 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


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Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

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

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What medication can I take for a common cold if I am pregnant ?

What medication can I take for a common cold if I am pregnant
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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

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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?

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

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Can a common cold during the first trimester increase the chance of birth defects? No fever and no medications were taken.

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

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What do experts consider effective ways to ease the symptoms of the common cold?

What do experts consider effective ways to ease the symptoms of the common cold?

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

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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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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?

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

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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?

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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I have common cold, cough is more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

I have common cold, cough is more serious when lying down for some minutes. Worse symptoms in the evening hours. Why?

Postnasal drip: Likely post nasal drip contributing to worsening of symptoms when lying flat. Try to use a saline nasal wash/spray in the evening and or Claritin/ Zyrtec for few days- available over the counter. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

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

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What are some non-drug treatments for Common cold?

What are some non-drug treatments for Common cold?

The non drug treatments for Common cold include:: Watchful waiting, Honey, Nasal saline irrigation, Bathroom steam, Throat lozenges, Warm bath. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the common cold compared to a flu?

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

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Common cold symptoms and prevention?

Common cold symptoms and prevention?

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

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What are the symptoms of common cold?

What are the symptoms of common cold?

Symptoms: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever, and mild body aches. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the common cold?

What are symptoms of the common cold?

Really???: Coughing, sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the common cold?

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

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How can I reduce the symptoms of a common cold quickly?

How can I reduce the symptoms of a common cold quickly?

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

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What is the best thing to do at the first sign of common cold?

Drink: Plenty of warm fluids, get some rest, if congested consider decongestants, if coughing consider expectorant. If labored breathing or dizziness or symptoms persist seek immediate help ...Read more

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What are common cold symptoms?

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

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Can drinking alcoholic drinks make symptoms of the common cold worse?

Can drinking alcoholic drinks make symptoms of the common cold worse?

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

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What is the difference between the symptoms of allergies and common cold?

What is the difference between the symptoms of allergies and common cold?

Allergy vs cold: The primary differences between a cold and allergies are fever and a defined length of time within which your cold symptoms will resolve. There can of course be seasonality to allergy symptoms, as well as specific triggers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

Flu more severe: They can be very similar, but influenza has more severe systemic (body) symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches. ...Read more