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Doctor insights on: Common Cold Vs Flu Causes

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...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 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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What causes the common cold?

What causes the common cold?

Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good. ...Read more

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Can a common cold cause myocarditis ?

Can a common cold cause myocarditis ?

Rarely....: The most common cause of common colds is rhinovirus a virus not know to cause myocarditis. The common viral agents that can cause myocarditis like Cosackievirus esp. type B, Adenovirus, Influenza are less common causes of common cold. The risk of having a myocarditis after an infection with either of the latter viruses is quite rare. Hit or miss. ...Read more

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Does the common cold (rhinovirus) cause green/yellow mucus?

Does the common cold (rhinovirus) cause green/yellow mucus?

It could but: If you have had symptoms for more than 7 days you may consider getting checked out to make sure you don't have a bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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What type of pathogen causes the common cold?

What type of pathogen causes the common cold?

Many viruses: The common cold is caused by a variety of respiratory viruses, including rhinovirus, coronavirus, and adenovirus, just to name a few. ...Read more

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Is cold weather a cause of hives?

Is cold weather a  cause of hives?

Can be.: Cold induced urticaria is caused by cooling of the skin by a variety of mechanisms. It can happen with exposure to cold air, cold or cool water, reaching into the freezer, holding a cold drink, etc. This results in the release of histamine from the mast cells in the skin and a hive develops. ...Read more

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What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

Rhinovirus Cold: Upper respiratory viral infections or colds are as you should know the most common respiratory viral illnesses causing hundreds of millions of infections per year. They are caused by a variety of viruses the rhinovirus being the most common. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses.Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of familial cold urticaria?

What are the most common symptoms of familial cold urticaria?

Symptoms include: Rash, conjunctivitis, fever/chills and arthralgias. You would certainly be suspicious since it is an autosomal dominant genetic condition. One parent would be affected and sometimes, several siblings. ...Read more

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Can common cold cause lung infection?

Can common cold cause lung infection?

Not usually: But in some people it can rogers's to bronchitis or less commonly to pneumonia. ...Read more

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What causes of cold sore?

What causes of cold sore?

Cold sore: Cold sore is caused by virus called Herpes simplex . Most common way to catch it through kiss. It can present as tingling followed by blister formation which can last for few days. It is very infectious . usually blister leads to scab which disappears over few weeks but virus can lay dormant in nerve and can get activated at later stage . http://patient.info/health/cold-sores-leaflet ...Read more

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What causes a persistent cold flu?

What causes a persistent cold flu?

Resistance: Everyone gets colds and flu but symptoms can persist if resistance is low from fatigue , allergies, vitamin deficiency or chronic illnes. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer cause symptoms similar to the common cold or flu?

Can lung cancer cause symptoms similar to the common cold or flu?

Not really: Lung Cancer will not cause running nose or sore throat. But it often does cause cough which is persistent(>3 weeks) and progressive. Chest pain and or shortness of breath can also be a symptom of Lung cancer. ...Read more