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My four week old daughter has a ton of nasal congestion and runny nose today. How do I know if this is the common cold or something more serious?

My four week old daughter has a ton of nasal congestion and runny nose today. How do I know if this is the common cold or something more serious?

Temperature: See if she has a fever and if the mucus is no longer clear, than she may have an infection, for now try to keep her upright to help her breathe better. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold .Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing , chest congestion.No fever.What 2 do?

My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold .Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing , chest congestion.No fever.What 2 do?

Not much: Gentle suctioning of nose and running humidifier especially during the night will relieve the discomfort. Otc or prescription "cold meds" do not make much difference. Seek a medical attention if she develops heavy breathing, fever of over 101f, or fussiness. ...Read more

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Is wheezing serious with a common cold and runny nose?

Is wheezing serious with a common cold and runny nose?

Possible asthma: If you have a respiratory infection and you are wheezing it could be a sign of underlying asthma. This could become serious and even critical if left untreated. You should consult your physician if you are wheezing you require further diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I have a common cold (cough and runny nose) but also loss of apetite, why am i not hungry?

I have a common cold (cough and runny nose) but also loss of apetite, why am i not hungry?

Stuffy nose: Multiple reasons for lack of appetite when you have a cold, partially because your nose is stuffy and your sense of smell and taste are dampened, but also certain inflammation mediators released by the body with the illness can suppress the appetite. ...Read more

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My 4 month has fever and diahreah and runny nose and is sweating. Is it a common cold or teething?

My 4 month has fever and diahreah and runny nose and is sweating. Is it a common cold or teething?

Maybe: I can be hard to determine the exact cause of an infants symptoms... It might be related to teething or it might be a cold. Please monitor your child closely and give palliative care: 1. Cold compresses 2. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) per the label's directions. 3. Maintain hydration, plain water is ok. 4. Call your pediatrician if the fever increases or persists for more than 3 days. ...Read more

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Hello, My son, 6 months now was prescribed Fenistil for common cold and runny nose not assiciated with allergy. Is it ok?

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My son, 6 months now was prescribed Fenistil for common cold and runny nose not assiciated with allergy. Is it ok?

Off label use.: Fenistil is an anti allergy medication used for itching and rashes due to allergy. It can relieve inflammation. It has antihistamine and anticholinergic effects and is a stronger medication than I would consider using in a six month old child. Cold symptoms at this age are best treated with simple measures such as saline nose drops to relieve congestion and Tylenol for discomfort or fever. ...Read more

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I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose  and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

Common Cold: If your dry cough persists for a while (4-6 weeks) this could be secondary to inflammation in your upper airway or lungs subsequent to the common cold viruses or post nasal drip syndrome, in both these cases a short course of inhaled broncho dilators like albuterol might be useful (this is not OTC). Try steam inhalation, it provides symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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I'm sneezing a lot and now my glans are swollen also a runny nose. Is this a common cold?

I'm sneezing a lot and now my glans are swollen also a runny nose. Is this a common cold?

Possibly: Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired ; watery eyes. ...Read more

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2yr old with low grade fever 100.6 for 4 days? Cough! runny nose! common cold? Nothing to worry about?

2yr old with low grade fever 100.6 for 4 days? Cough! runny nose! common cold? Nothing to worry about?

Probably...: ...But if the fevers continue for longer than a week and are rising, if something changes like difficulty breathing, vomiting, or pain, then he needs to be seen by his doctor. Keep him really well hydrated, and beyond that supportive care (rest, fluids, etc.) is usually enough. ...Read more

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In the morning coughing up and blowing dark yellow mucus. Day: Runny nose, sometimes difficulty breathing, dryness..common cold?

In the morning coughing up and blowing dark yellow mucus. Day: Runny nose, sometimes difficulty breathing, dryness..common cold?

Most likely a cold: Colds can last for 7 days but symptoms should be diminishing gradually.. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your secretions less thick. If you develop a fever toward the end of your cold this could be a sign of a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Just curious if a runny nose, sneezing, coughing is allergies or common cold. Important to me had spleen removed in Feb did take zrytec at 130pm today?

Just curious if a runny nose, sneezing, coughing is allergies or common cold. Important to me had spleen removed in Feb did take zrytec at 130pm today?

See an allergist : Allergies and viral infections can be hard to tell apart, unless there's a fever. Allergies don't cause fever. And viral infections don't last more than a week or two, so if your symptoms last longer than that, an allergist will be able to test you to find out what's going on ...Read more

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9 month old sneezing, runny nose, one eye more watery and puffy than other. Common cold? She rubs runny nose then rubs eye before I can stop her, ok?

9 month old sneezing, runny nose, one eye more watery and puffy than other. Common cold? She rubs runny nose then rubs eye before I can stop her, ok?

Monitor for these sx: Concerning signs/sx's: fever/irritability, redness, pain/crusting/copious eye or nasal discharge, abnormal eye movement/"eye pushed forward" appearance. Unilateral swelling can occur from abnormal sleep position, irritant, trauma (scratch-->clip nails, insect bite). A viral or bacterial infection can cause swelling/watery/red eyes, though more often affects both eyes. Not seasonal allergy in baby. ...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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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more