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Can I have a colonoscopy if I have a cold?

Can I have a colonoscopy if I have a cold?

Yes - usually: Unless severe symptoms. But you may wish to defer as drinking the prep when you already feel unwell might be extra hard... ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Can you have a colonoscopy if you have a cold?

Can you have a colonoscopy if you have a cold?

Cold: Hello, as long as you don't have a fever or productive cough, you should be ok. The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will make the final call. ...Read more

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If you have a cold can you still have colonoscopy?

If you have a cold can you still have colonoscopy?

Cold: Hello, as long as you don't have a fever or productive cough, you should be ok. The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will make the final call. ...Read more

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Can you still get a colonoscopy if you have a cold? Or should you re-schedule it?

Can you still get a colonoscopy if you have a cold? Or should you re-schedule it?

Depends on severity: Depends on severity: if very bad with hacking cough or fever, reschedule. If at end of cold or minimal symptoms, it is ok to proceed: check with MD's office if still not sure. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have colonoscopy with a cold?

Is it possible for you to have colonoscopy with a cold?

Discuss with your MD: Some physicians may decide to postpone a colonoscopy (especially elective, screening ones) if you have a cold. This is usually just for your protection because of the sedation issues that can arise when someone has cough, nasal congestion, etc with a cold. ...Read more

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My dad has cold l, I have endoscopy/colonoscopy in 2 weeks, I can't reschedule it's urgent. How can I avoid getting cold until then?

Cold: Best way to avoid cold is to avoid using same hand towels and glasses as person who is ill. Also get plenty of fluids and rest. Others you may be exposed to and not know it that they may be ill. Therefore, avoid people who are outwardly ill. ...Read more

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I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy Friday. Over the weekend I get a cold and my Asthma has flared up. Should I reschedule. You have to cancel 48 hrs?

I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy Friday. Over the weekend I get a cold and my Asthma has flared up. Should I reschedule. You have to cancel 48 hrs?

Asthma flare: Having a cold is not an issue but having your Asthma flare up is a potential problem. You will be given some sedation and pain medication prior to your procedure and some of these might have an adverse effect if you are actively having an asthma flare. I would advise to reschedule and check with your Primary Doc to see if you need a short course of steroids in the meantime. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy when I'm having some post nasal drip issues? Not sick with a cold or anything.

No problem: There is no reason not to get one if you are not sick. I suspect that you have a genetic predisposition to polyps since it is unusual to need a colonoscopy at age 34. ...Read more

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Had fever that went away. Now chest cold and diarrhea. For 1 week straight. Colonoscopy last year was normal. Is this common with chest cold?

Had fever that went away. Now chest cold and diarrhea. For 1 week straight. Colonoscopy last year was normal. Is this common with chest cold?

Common with cold or: Flu. Chest cold caused by an infection usually develops after you already have a cold or the flu. Symptoms of a cold or the flu include sore throat, fatigue (tiredness), fever, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. ...Read more

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I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

I recently had a colonoscopy, and the doctor completely removed a sessile polyp from my descending colon using cold forceps (size of polyp unknown). I?

Ok Then: What is the biopsy (pathology) repot which is important for immediate care. You have to find it from your doctor and also will advise you about what type of follow up care you need. . ...Read more

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Can I take maxalt (rizatriptan) for a migraine if I am using suprep for a colonoscopy tried cold pack?

Yes however..: It is safe to use a Maxalt (rizatriptan) for a serious migraine but be advised you may be more lightheaded than normal because of the suprep. If you need to take the maxalt, (rizatriptan) lay down and avoid standing suddenly. If you are worried about needing to race to the toilet on the suprep, and have taken a maxalt, (rizatriptan) wear a depends so you can move slowly and safely without worrying about an "accident"! ...Read more

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Have head, sinus, ears, teeth are hurting. Getting sick, have colonoscopy wednesday can I take anything like cold & sinus or what else?

Decongestant: Taking Ephedrine based meds along w/ agood nasal decongestant helps. Your symptoms are typical or upper respiratory viruses ...Read more

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Tomorrow I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy, with anesthesia. I have a slight cold runny nose, no fever. Will it be okay to have it done?

Probably: If you are not having a fever, greenish drainage, or shortness of breath he will most likely be okay to proceed with the colonoscopy and endoscopy. However, he will need to check with your doctor to make sure he will proceed with it. I would definitely check with them prior to performing your bowel prep so that you don't do that unnecessarily. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have colonoscopy with a head cold and sore throat?

Is it ok to have colonoscopy with a head cold and sore throat?

It may not be very: Comfortable but there is no specific restriction for this procedure. You will receive some twilight anesthesia so potentially this could be a reason to wait as well as the potential to infect the operators and nurses doing your procedure. If it is elective it would probably be in the best interest of everyone involved for you to wait until you are back to full health. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have endoscopy and colonoscopy procedure with a common cold, blocked nose sore throat slight cough. If under sedation?

Is it ok to have endoscopy and colonoscopy procedure with a common cold, blocked nose sore throat slight cough. If under sedation?

Wait until resolved: Unless there is an urgency to do these tests, the patient should wait until resolution of the upper respiratory infection before having the upper endoscopy and colonoscopy completed. Even with sedation, there is diminished reflexes such that increased secretions may pose a slight increased risk. ...Read more

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How to have a cold?

How to have a cold?

Not sure what the: Question is. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline 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. If this answer isn't what you were looking for > re-ask. ...Read more

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I have a cold what to do?

I have a cold what to do?

The common cold: Is something we are still trying to figure out completely. Drink lots of fluids and take Vitamin C tablets 3 times daily because the body needs more C when one has a cold. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I know I have a cold?

How do I know I have a cold?

Symptoms: The symptoms and signs of the common cold include nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea, throat irritation or laryngitis, fever and cough. If you have these symptoms you probably have a cold, but I suggest an exam at a clinic to rule out any other possible conditions which are more serious such as pneumonia or another infectious disease. Best of luck with your health! ...Read more

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I have a cold. What can I do?

I have a cold. What can I do?

Common cold: Most colds are viruses that have to run their course. If you are blowing colorful secretions, yellow or brown, or very whitish and are running a fever, you may have a bacterial infection that needs antibiotics drink plenty of fluids and take over the counter cold remedies for the nasal congestion and or headache you may have. Take it easy until you are feeling better so your body can heal. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a cold?

How to know if I have a cold?

Cold symptoms: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, feeling tired, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children).
Symptoms 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. ...Read more

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I have a cold, what should I do?

I have a cold, what should I do?

Symptoms: There is no specific cure for a cold and thus one can only treat the symptoms. If you have nasal congestion, a topical nasal decongestant may help but must not be used for more than 5 days else you end up with worse problems. Rest and chicken soup may help. I find inhaling warm steam for a few minutes 2x daily soothing. Don't go to work and infect your co-workers. ...Read more

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I have a cold what should I do?

I have a cold what should I do?

Management of a cold: It's best to 'listen to your body' when you are sick - so in your case most likely you need SLEEP, avoidance of stress (exams?), avoidance of tobacco/alcohol, and plenty of fluids and good nutrition to optimize your body's function. SLEEP is vital - you may actually have a sleep deficit which may have allowed the virus to take hold. If fevers or troublesome symptoms develop, best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have a cold. What should I take?

Have a cold. What should I take?

Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example, if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness, such as Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Oxymetazoline (afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray) is excellent and can be used with pills, but only for 3 days. For cough try mucinex-dm max strength- which has high dose guaifenesin. Ask pharm for help if you have high bp. ...Read more

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I have a cold- what should I do?

I have a cold- what should I do?

Usually nothing much: Colds are usually very mild and self-limited, and do not need specific treatment. Symptomatic care for nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, aching is reasonable and can be with over the counter meds if you get much worse, or have serious symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, high fever, or stay sick for more than 4-5 days, maybe get seen. Wash your hands and cover your mouth to avoid spreading! ...Read more

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Why do I constantly have a cold?

Why do I constantly have a cold?

Are you sure that: You have a cold or could your symptoms be due to allergies? D/W your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I exercise when I have a cold?

Can I exercise when I have a cold?

Yes, you can!: You can do as much as you can tolerate, don't push yourself too hard.
Remember to drink lots of fluids. The problem is you should not be exercising in a public place otherwise you will make everyone else sick! ...Read more

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I have a cold, what can I do for it?

I have a cold, what can I do for it?

No treatment: If you had one, you'd never have to work another day in your life! Colds are caused by viruses (antibiotics are useless!) and run their course in 3-5 days. Cold meds prolong it by blocking symptoms. Nsaids, decongestants and nasal lavage (neilmed) are great palliative measures, as are old-fashioned folk remedies like chicken soup and tea! Better yet: get plenty of test and drink lots of water. ...Read more

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I have a cold what can I take for it?

I have a cold what can I take for it?

Tips: Try hydrating well. Netti pot for congestion. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's. Try chamomille tea with tea and lemon added. Take care. ...Read more