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What are common cold symptoms?

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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Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...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's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

What's the best over the counter decongestants that also helps with common cold symptoms?

Try pseudoephedrine: or Zyrtec or neo synephrine nasal spray, as long you don't have any other medical problems such as hypertension. ...Read more

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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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Exhusband gave 3 year old (34 lbs)childrens Robitussin (guaifenesin) for common cold symptoms. She has never had it before and he didnt speak to doc. Concerns??

Exhusband gave 3 year old (34 lbs)childrens Robitussin (guaifenesin) for common cold symptoms. She has never had it before and he didnt speak to doc. Concerns??

How much did he give: We generally don't give this medicine this young - you are correct. You don't say how much or which formula specifically he gave. If it was a small amount it should be ok. Just watch carefully for next few hours for things like extreme agitation or restlessness. ...Read more

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I have common cold symptoms, but I also have pain in the left back of my neck, and the lower left jaw hinge, and my left ear feels clogged.Whats wrong?

I have common cold symptoms, but I also have pain in the left back of my neck, and the lower left jaw hinge, and my left ear feels clogged.Whats wrong?

Ear infection?: Common cold and other causes of sore throat may block the eustachian tube that goes from the throat to the middle ear. It may happen with or without infection going to the middle ear. Try warm gargles and/or steam inhalation. If you do not get better in couple of days or if there is discharge from the ear, please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Common cold symptoms for 2 days already, then all of a sudden severe abdominal cramping & slight nausea, loose stool.(doubled over in pain) any ideas?

Common cold symptoms for 2 days already, then all of a sudden severe abdominal cramping & slight nausea, loose stool.(doubled over in pain) any ideas?

Gastroenteritis: Sounds like a viral GI infection. Hydrate and consider taking something for the diarrhea. Diarrhea cramping can be quite painful. If it gets worse, you may need to be evaluated to rule out things like appendicitis ...Read more

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I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after i swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after i swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?

No but: Chlorine can irritate your nose and trigger asthma for those who have the condition. It is not an allergy however. I suspect that you may have a hay fever issue which is worsened by the chlorine exposure. ...Read more

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