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Deep tightness in chest an throat losing voice off an on. An nasal an neck swelling an headache. Is this part of the cold virus going around?

Deep tightness in chest an throat losing voice off an on. An nasal an neck swelling an headache. Is this part of the cold virus going around?

Could be: If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath as well I would suggest seeing a doctor for a flu test (even if you had the vaccine this year). We're starting to see a good bit of influenza now and since you have underlying lung problems, you should be checked sooner rather than later! ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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There's a cold type virus going around massachusetts. How long does it last? Will antibiotics help? Should I see my physician?

There's a cold type virus going around massachusetts. How long does it last? Will antibiotics help? Should I see my physician?

Flu: Yes, you need to see your physician to make right diagnoses and offer appropriate treatment. Self treatment can lead to complications. ...Read more

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How long does a cold virus last?

How long does a cold virus last?

5-7 days: Colds usually colds last 5-7 days. If you know it is a cold and not the flu, staying at home drinking fluids, resting and using saline nasal spray or tylenol (acetaminophen) (if you are not allergic) for help with fever or aches. If you have the flu or had the flu vaccine, you should check with your doctor because some additional meds may be helpful.

Feel better. ...Read more

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Can a cold virus last over a month?

Can a cold virus last over a month?

Yes: Very often when a cold seems to last a month it is because you have gotten consecutive viral infections - one after another. This is very common in the winter months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the cold virus and not know it?

Is it possible to have the cold virus and not know it?

Sure: Many different viruses can cause upper respiratory infections. A person might not have any noticeable symptoms. ...Read more

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Same cold virus, but different symptoms, what is this?

Same cold virus, but different symptoms, what is this?

Well, there are over: A hundred different viruses that cause the common cold. So, I wouldn't be so sure that it is the exact same cold virus. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many different viruses for the common cold are there?

Can you let me know how many different viruses for the common cold are there?

Many: Upper respiratory viral infections or colds are the most common respiratory viral illnesses causing hundreds of millions of infections per year. They are caused by a variety of viruses the rhinovirus (over 100 types) being the most common. Coronaviruses, parainfluenza viruses, respiratory syncytial viruses, adenoviruses, metapneumoviruses, enteroviruses and bocoviruses are the other causes. ...Read more

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Will I recover from a cold virus faster if I exercise than if I don't exercise?

Will I recover from a cold virus faster if I exercise than if I don't exercise?

No: There has been little research on this issue but there is no evidence that you will recover faster if you exercise, but it appears safe as long as you don't overdo it and you may feel a bit better- see http://www. Nytimes. Com/2008/12/25/health/nutrition/25best. Html
The best treatment for a cold is the herb Pelargonium sidoides, widely sold as Umcka- see http://bit. Ly/1f6rJci ...Read more

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Whenever I get a cold or virus I get severe symptoms compared to anyone else I know. Why?

Whenever I get a cold or virus I get severe symptoms compared to anyone else I know. Why?

Your immune: System my not be functioning as effectively as it should be or could be. Do you have any other health concerns? ...Read more

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I seem to pick up a "cold" type virus, every other week. What might this say about my general health? Thanks!

I seem to pick up a "cold" type virus, every other week. What might this say about my general health? Thanks!

Cold: It depends on other chronic medical problems. Allergies could also pay a role and may cause very similar symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does a cold type virus last in your system before it dies? Does it phase out on its on or does it have to be killed?

Depends on virus: Most " colds" are caused by viruses and can last from a few days to weeks depending on which virus is the culprit. Most have no treatment to kill the virus and you just have to wait for it to run its course. Some viral infections like the flu have a specific treatment called tamifllu but it has to be taken within the first two days to help. Antibiotics are not helpful for viral infections. ...Read more

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If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

Depends: This would depend on the virus and how it was transmitted, whether the person exposed had ever had that viral strain before, the state of their immunity and so on and so on. ...Read more

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Are colds caused by viruses? .Can anyone give me a cold? . I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Are colds caused by viruses? .Can anyone give me a cold? . I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Yes: Colds are cause by viruses. The most common cause is the rhinovirus which accounts for up to 40 percent of all causes. They can spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surface such as door knob, telephone etc as well as by respiratory droplets from infected people (when they sneeze or cold). Always use wash your hands sanitizers to prevent the spread ...Read more

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Hi, no matter what I do every winter I get a cold in my back that lasts for weeks and makes me feel terrible, it usually ends up in a cold or virus.?

Not uncommon: Many of us get a viral or mycoplasmal infection about once a year. Depends upon whether you are frequently in close contact and thereby exposed to large numbers of persons with such infections, resulting in your getting them. Your doctor is often exposed by seeing lots of patients with these illnesses. ...Read more

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How to distinguish virus cough from cold?

How to distinguish virus cough from cold?

Spelling: Dictionary definitions. A cough is a noun and is the name for a symptom for the rapid expulsion of air and mucus from the lungs. There are many possible reasons that one can have a cough. One of them is an infection with any of a number of viruses. We have no meds to cure viral infections, just symptomatic relief. The old standby Jewish penicillin, chicken soup, works as well as any antibiotic 4 c ...Read more

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Should I go to school even though I have a cold virus?

Should I go to school even though I have a cold virus?

Yes: Yes you can go to school but make sure to follow good hygiene which consists of good hand washing. Avoid to much contact with people such as shaking hands which could spread the virus. ...Read more

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Can anxitey disorders and colds, viruses or other bugs agrivate each other?

Can anxitey disorders and colds, viruses or other bugs agrivate each other?

Fighting multi-wars: Anything that competes for or depletes your body's resources can leave you less able to withstand another attack or demand. So, you are more vulnerable. Also - your experience of the symptoms may be worse. This is a good reason to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety and live a healthy life style. CBT can teach useful skills. Best! ...Read more

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I have had 4 colds now since Jan 1. Is something wrong with me? It seems so unusual to catch this many viruses in such a short time span.

Probably ok: Hi Jim,
Sorry to hear you have been suffering from so many illnesses. If you have been otherwise healthy for your entire life, it's unlikely that you've suddenly developed an immune system deficiency. There are hundreds of different viruses that cause colds and colds can be extremely contagious, especially in the winter months. You can strengthen your immune system with simple lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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How long is a cold virus contagious?

How long is a cold virus contagious?

7-10days: 7-10 days, worst time is usually days 2-4. ...Read more

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What does the common cold virus actually do to my body?

What does the common cold virus actually do to my body?

Many viruses: There are many species of virus that cause the common cold. Essentially they make you miserable for a few days, stimulate your immune system, and possibly set you up for a secondary infection particularly if you're a child, a smoker, an allergy sufferer or infirm. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having a cold and a cold virus?

What's the difference between having a cold and a cold virus?

None...: The vast majority of colds, upper respiratory infections, are caused by viral infection. So, there is really no difference. The other possibility is an upper respiratory infection due to a bacterial infection. Patients are typically sicker with a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can a cold virus create so much mucus?

Your immunity: Your immunity is creating the mucus, through inflammation and in response to a specific infection. Sometimes there are superimposed infections/allergies that will add to it. ...Read more

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Supposing that the cold virus is untreatable does that mean we are always infected?

No: The viruses that cause the common cold just cause an infection ; then the infection resolves. ...Read more