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How Long Does A Cold Or Flu Last
5-7 days: Colds usually colds last 5-7 days. If you know it is a cold and not the flu, staying at home drinking fluids, resting and using saline nasal spray or tylenol (acetaminophen) (if you are not allergic) for help with fever or aches. If you have the flu or had the flu vaccine, you should check with your doctor because some additional meds may be helpful. Feel better. ...Read more
It varies: I like the old saying that it lasts 9 days, "3 days coming, 3 days with you and 3 days going." i take zinc 50 mg twice daily at the first signs of a cold and i believe it significantly reduces the time it takes to leave me. Don't take zinc on an empty stomach as you will get terrible nausea. ...Read more
It doesn't: A cold is a viral upper respiratory infection characterized by sore throat, runny and congested nose. A cold does not cause diarrhea. Enteroviruses, norovirus, rotavirus an others can cause intestinal infection and diarrhea that resolves after several days. There are also many other conditions that cause diarrhea. If yours persists see your doctor. ...Read more
Wait: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better. Throat lozenges for sore throat, oral pseudephedrine or topical neosynephrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what i recommend. There is no medical cure but wait 7 days and it will be gone. ...Read more
Variable: A virus could last anywhere from a few days to several weeks - depending on how well you're taking care of yourself in terms of hydration, diet, getting enough sleep, not smoking, etc. However, if a sore throat persists - it should be checked out by a physician to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Colds arn't cured: The average common cold last 10 days measures such as increasing fluids getting appropriate rest blowing your nose sucking on candy using a humidifier can help make you more comfortable. If the symptoms really interfere with eating sleeping normal activity saline washes or otc decongestant sprays/tabs/or syrups can provide short term relief. ...Read more
HIV: Fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, rash, myalgia, malaise, mouth and esophageal sores, headache, nausea and vomiting, enlarged liver/spleen, weight loss, thrush, and neurological symptoms occur. Patients may have all, some, or none of these symptoms. The duration of symptoms varies, averaging 28 days and usually lasting at least a week. ...Read more
1 Year: Influenza vaccines are given once a year. Elderly patients, health care workers, immunocompromised patients, and patients with lung disease should be sure to get the vaccine because they are at greater risk, but it's also recommended that healthy adults get the vaccine yearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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