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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.

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I have a viral URI. I keep getting spells where I feel hot, feverish, and clammy, but when I check my temp it's normal. What could cause this?

I have a viral URI. I keep getting spells where I feel hot, feverish, and clammy, but when I check my temp it's normal. What could cause this?

Mgt: A typical viral upper respiratory illness lasts about 10 days. I would suggest checking your temperature and noting the reading, keep well hydrated and rest. If the symptoms persist, please see your PCP.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c.

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What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

Respiratory virus!: Good afternoon, with symptoms of sore throat, runny nose and fever probably, you are likely suffering from a viral respiratory infection. These will run their course of about a week. During this time, symptomatic relief can be achieved by taking medications such as ibuprofen, claritin, (loratadine) and sudafed. Hope you feel better soon.

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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.

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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.

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Is It possible to be immune to the flu? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time I was sick other than a common cold..

Is It possible to be immune to the flu? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time I was sick other than a common cold..

Just lucky so far: There is no natural immunity to influenza. At least half of all people your age (20) have never had overt influenza, so this is nothing unusual. You have just been lucky so far; either you never caught it, or you had mild symptoms. Flu often is no worse than a common cold. You definitely still should always have recommended influenza immunization every year.

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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.

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How come I always get a fever with a common cold?

How come I always get a fever with a common cold?

See below: Fevers are nothing to worry about and are the body's normal response to any infectious agent. Therefore, even simple rhinovirus (the common cold) can trigger a fever response.

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What medicine is best for the common cold or a fever?

What medicine is best for the common cold or a fever?

Medicines aren't: Necessarily needed. Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea.

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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. >

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How to tell difference between Common cold and Glandular fever symptoms?

How to tell difference between Common cold and Glandular fever symptoms?

Both are viral: Cold usually have nasal congestion and glandular fever you don't

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I have RA and I started yesterday with dry cough, slight fever more pain and weakness that usual. Is this just the common cold or should I be concern?

I have RA and I started yesterday with dry cough, slight fever more pain and weakness that usual. Is this just the common cold or should I be concern?

More than: Likely it's a cold! If your cough becomes a MAJOR symptom particularly WITHOUT a fever or with a LOW GRADE fever...and it lasts more than 2 weeks...check it out! Hope this helps Dr Z

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