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How long does a cold virus last?

How long does a cold virus 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

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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How long does a cold last?

How long does a cold last?

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

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How long does diarrhea last with a cold?

How long does diarrhea last with a cold?

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

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How long does a stomach flu last if viral?

How long does a stomach flu last if viral?

CDC says:: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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How long does a common cold congestion last?

How long does a common cold congestion last?

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

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How long does a flu virus last in general?

How long does a flu virus last in general?

About 24 hours in : The environment. Flu virus is present and shed from an infected person for about a week. On inanimate objects it usually does not last longer than 24 hours, mostly about 4 hours. ...Read more

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How long does a viral throat last?

How long does a viral throat last?

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

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Approximately how long does a common cold last?

Approximately how long does a common cold last?

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

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How long does the flu like system for HIV last?

How long does the flu like system for HIV last?

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

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How long does a common throat virus last?

How long does a common throat virus last?

About 7-10 days: A viral pharyngitis lasts about 7 -10 days and is treated symptomatically with fluids, vitamin c and perhaps gargles. It should not be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does a flu shots last?

How long does a flu shots last?

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 more

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How long do a stomach virus last?

How long do a stomach virus last?

2-5 days: Usually viruses are cleared in under one week. That being said residual symptoms may last weeks or months. Some people may even develop a post infectious functional GI disorder such as ibs or gastroparesis. ...Read more

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How long does a rash last from strep throat?

How long does a rash last from strep throat?

A few days: Rash associated with streptococcal infection disappears usually within a few days once treated properly with antibiotics. Occasionally, fine to gross skin peeling follows after initial rash subsides, i.e., scarlet fever. ...Read more

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How long does a strepnfever last in toddlers?

How long does a strepnfever last in toddlers?

48 hrs: Typically the fevers are gone within 48 hrs. If the fevers have continued beyond 48 hrs, I'd suggest calling his physician for further advice. He may want to change the antibiotic or evaluate him again. ...Read more

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How long should a flu last?

How long should a flu last?

Flu: Generally the "flu", meaning the seasonal flu which causes high fever, muscle aches, cough , congestion and lethargy, lasts 5 to 7 days in healthy adults. ...Read more

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How long does stuffy nose last when you have a cold?

How long does stuffy nose last when you have a cold?

Nasal congestion: Hello. Nasal congestion associated with a cold usually resolves after the cold has passed. Usually within 7-10 days. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor. A sinusitis could be present or inflamed turbinate tissues possibly from an allergy. ...Read more