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Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.

Maybe: without an exam, I can only give general information, but classically after an inflammatory process in the upper respiratory area, the body is more susceptible to secondary infection with whatever germs are there. Strep and mouth germs are the most common causes and these often require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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How long is a viral URI contagious?

How long is a viral URI contagious?

Several weeks: In a healthy 48 year old, your immune system should eradicate a viral upper respiratory tract infection in about 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What's a viral uri?

What's a viral uri?

Viral URI= cold: Viral upper respiratory infection, which includes nose, throat, eustachian tubes, sinuses. Over 200 viruses can cause cold symptoms, but most common are rhinovirus, corona virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, enterovirus, & respiratory syncytial virus. Tx is symptomatic; antibiotics do not work. ...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

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How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! there is a range of values based on different infections ranging from common cold to influenza. These vary from 24 hours to up to 2 weeks! you should ask your physician what infection you have and for how long you will be contagious. Common sense dictates that respiratory viruses travel by cough or sneeze. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Should i be concerned if my daughter in nearly four and for the last five days has been suffering with a common cold and a cough.?

Common cold: It sounds like a standard childhood cold, and almost certainly not the first time this has happened to her in five years. ...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

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


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