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I have, sore throat, chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8. Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

I have, sore throat,  chills and fatigue which disable me from getting out of bed, but normal temp 36.8.  Is this more likely to be flu or common cold?

Hard to guess: New throat pain can be strep throat (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antivirals may be used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (to see if a prescription is needed). With chills and lots of fatigue, it's more likely a flu-like illness or strep throat. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

An 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


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Whats the diff. between flu or common cold virus. i have dry throat, hoarse voice, an dizziness, fatigue, an slight headache, . weakness, ect. ?

Whats the diff. between flu or common cold virus.     i have dry throat, hoarse voice, an dizziness, fatigue, an slight headache, . weakness, ect. ?

Fever: is higher with influenza than it is with the common cold. Other symptoms of flu include muscle aches and pains, shaking chills, cough, sometimes nausea, and a longer course than the common cold. Most people can go about their daily activities with a common cold. The flu usually knocks you down for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Sore throat, hard to swallow, headache and fatigue, green/yellow phlegm. Is this just a common cold or something more, how can I treat from home?

Sore throat, hard to swallow, headache and fatigue, green/yellow phlegm. Is this just a common cold or something more, how can I treat from home?

Seasonal flu: Is a viral infection that effects your nose, throat and lungs. Dry cough, nasal congestion, fatigue, headache are common symptoms. Usually good rest and a plenty of water is the right treatment. In severe cases an antiviral medication is prescribed.
If concerned, see your pcp. ...Read more

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How long does diarrhea associated with common cold last?

How long does diarrhea associated with common cold last?

Common cold: Diarrhea seldom occurs with a common cold which is an upper respiratory infection. Not sure what you have, but if it keeps up see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does bad breath associated with common cold last?

How long does bad breath associated with common cold last?

7-10 days: The common cold lasts 7-10 days so if this actually caused your bad breath then it should disappear when your cold disappears. ...Read more

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How long does eye redness associated with common cold last?

How long does eye redness associated with common cold last?

Acute phase: Redness of the eyes with common cold should subside with the resolution of acute symptoms, usually about three days. ...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 could common cold last?

How long could common cold last?

The common cold: According to the mayo clinic, colds usually last one to two weeks. ...Read more

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How long does the common cold typically last?

How long does the common cold typically last?

7 -10 days: Most common colds resolve within 7 to 10 days. Colds that last longer may have become complicated with an ear infection (acute otitis media) or sinusitis. ...Read more

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How long will the common cold usually last for?

How long will the common cold usually last for?

7-10 days: The gold standard answer is most viruses last 7-10 days however could be over in as little as 3 or long as 14 days. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the common cold usually last for?

Normally, how long would the common cold usually last for?

Less than 5-7 days: Most viral upper respiratory infection will resolve within 5-7 days. If symptoms persist beyond this length of time, or there is a worsening of symptoms after an initial improvement, it may have progressed into a bacterial infection. This is the usual pathway in the development of a sinus infection, as an example. ...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 common cold last and how to make it go away even faster?

It runs it's course.: According to the mayo clinic, colds usually last one to two weeks. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile >. ...Read more

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How long do stuffy nose from a common cold last? I cannot take this blocked nose anymore so could you please tell me how long it lasts?

How long do stuffy nose from a  common cold last? I cannot take this blocked nose anymore so could you please tell me how long it lasts?

7-10 days: Cold symptoms usually 7-10 days. Use OTC decongestant tablets for relief. THere may be an underlying anatomical obstruction exacerbating blockage. See ENT doc for examination if desired. ...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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How long does it take to cure a common cold?

How long does it take to cure a common cold?

7-14 days: While a common cold cannot be "cured", it will run its course within 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics are not helpful for the common cold but there are a few supplements that have been shown to increase your body's immune response to the virus, including zinc, vitamin c, and echinacea. ...Read more

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How long is the common cold contagious?

How long   is the common cold contagious?

First 3 days.: During the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious. ...Read more

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How long is a common cold contagious for? And are we contagious even before symptoms appear?

Common cold: This condition can be caused by a large variety of viruses, the most common is rhinovirus. People are most contagious for the first 2 to 3 days of a cold. A cold is usually not contagious after the first week. Cold symptoms usually start about 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. Symptoms mostly affect the nose. ...Read more

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Let's say I just caught a common cold. What can I expect, and for how long? When will I stop being contagious?

Common cold: The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses and is the commonest infection in the world. Symptoms vary: runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, headache and general malaise. The infection can come on 2-3 days after exposure (incubation period) and last anywhere from 4 to 14 days. You are infectious as long as you are shedding the virus secretions. ...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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Common cold for last 3-4 days. Ear clogged when i woke up this morning. Why? And what to do?

Common cold for last 3-4 days. Ear clogged when i woke up this morning. Why? And what to do?

See a doctor: A cold can cause back of of fluid in the ears, and this can sometimes become a bacterial infection. Please see a doctor for an examination. Be well. ...Read more

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I had a cold last month nownow i've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be i know a common cold is only 7 days?

I had a cold last month nownow i've been coughing up phlegm for this entire month what could this be i know a common cold is only 7 days?

7 days? not really.: Up to 3 weeks, actually; but "coughing up phlegm for a month" is certainly out of bounds for a cold. You'd best go see your doc, bronchitis or sinusitis are definite possibilities. ...Read more

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How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?

Variable: You are most contagious for a few days before you peak symptoms start

for the flu you are also contagious for several days after you become smptomaic. ...Read more