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You already know!: Colds, which are caused by viruses, range in severity from mild to severe depending on the virus and your degree of immunity. Typically, it incubates 1-3 days after exposure followed by sore throat, nasal congestion and rhinorrhea (running), sneezing, and often ends with some degree of bronchitis. (cough) . It may be as brief as 3-4 days but can stretch to 10-14. You've been there! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sir I have a common cold from my child hood. It affects me when the season. I have an vital exam after 18 days. Tell me how can I kept me fit in time?
More likely allergy: Most of us will have recurrent & episodic colds through life that produce variable symptoms that last up to 2 weeks. If you have continuous symptoms during various seasons it is more likely due to irritants or air born allergies.Avoiding fumes/smoke/dust & the like can help.A non sedating anti-histamine like loritadine can help.Nasal steroids like fluticazone may also be needed. ...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 dont see a reason why you cant drink milk unless you are allergic ...Read more
Hard to say: You are probably most contagious for the 48 hours before you show any symptoms. You will stay contagious as long as you have symptoms. You should be careful of what contact you have with others, particularly if they are very old or very young or have an immune problem (including those on chemotherapy). ...Read more
I have the common cold and can it make you weak and dizzy? My body mostly gets run down at night time. And i feel a little dizzy from everything.
Is It possible to be immune to the flu ? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time i was sick other than a common cold..
Just lucky so far: There is no natural immunity to influenza. At least half of all people your age (20) have never had overt influenza, so this is nothing unusual. You have just been lucky so far; either you never caught it, or you had mild symptoms. Flu often is no worse than a common cold. You definitely still should always have recommended influenza immunization every year. ...Read more
I had a common cold last week, it's over now .. Buti have sputum for 2 days without cough i feel it in my throat all the time?
Post-nasal drip: Sounds like post-nasal drip as a residual of your cold. It should resolve in a few days. You can try some nasal or oral decongestants for a short time if you desire. ...Read more
You can't, symptom: Relief only. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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