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Doctor insights on: On And Off Cold Symptoms

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Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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How do I lessen my cold symptoms?

How do I lessen my cold symptoms?

Cold remedies: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Need help treating cold symptoms ?

Tips: 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. ...Read more

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What causes cold symptoms only at night?

Is this a pattern?: If you have consistent symptoms which occur only at a certain time of day, these symptoms may be related to hormonal cycles that we all experience on a 24 basis. This is called your circadian rythym. For example, people tend to have more parasympathetic activity at night and parasympathetic activity can lead to runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat - all "cold symptoms". ...Read more

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What can I do to mitigate cold symptoms?

Vitamin c Ecchinacea: I am a believer in vitamin c and its ability to reduce the severity and duration of a cold. Zinc also has been demonstrated be beneficial as well. Ecchinacea is an herbal supplement that boosts the body's immune system. Transmucosal absorption of these things is helpful to strengthen soft tissue (often the spot of invasion by the virus) so a throat lozenge with all 3 ingredients is helpful. ...Read more

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What are the personal remedies for cold symptoms?

Common Cold: 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 tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What non-citrus remedies are there for cold symptoms?

What non-citrus remedies are there for cold symptoms?

Cold remedies: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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How come I get cold symptoms even when i'm not 'cold'?

How come I get cold symptoms even when i'm not 'cold'?

Cold symptoms: One does not catch an infection from being "cold". Colds are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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Why can I continue coughing even though my other cold symptoms are gone?

Why can I continue coughing even though my other cold symptoms are gone?

Bronchospasm...: Sometimes, after the other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection resolve, bronchospasm from the infection can occur. This can result in a persistent cough. Treatment includes a bronchodilator as well as a steroid inhaler so see your doctor so this treatment can be given. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What do you do if your cold symptoms are lasting for like a couple weeks?

Cold symptoms 2weeks: Yes if cold symptoms persist for two weeks, that means it is not common cold, it may be allergy or sinus infection or bronchitis, depending on symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause cold symptoms as I wake up, but then for them to subside during the day?

What could cause cold symptoms as I wake up, but then for them to subside during the day?

Indoor allergens: This is very typical for people allergic to indoor allergens such as dust mites, molds, and either pets or cockroaches that may be present in the home. See an allergist to help sort this out and figure out how best to treat these symptoms. ...Read more

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I recovered from a cold about 5 days ago but now I feel like Im getting another one.I have all the cold symptoms! What should I do? This is too often…

Another cold: 21 F: notes: I recovered from a cold about 5 days ago but now I feel like Im getting another one.I have all the cold symptoms! What should I do? This is too often… ANS: Wait a few more days and see. Not sure what you mean by too often? Welcome to life. It happens. ...Read more

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What are common cold symptoms?

What are common cold symptoms?

Many: I break colds into flavors: there are chest colds, nose colds and throat colds, although all common colds can cause all symptoms. Stuffy nose and cough are the most common symptoms, but feeling tired, sore, sick, having sinus pressure or earaches all come with the territory. Many colds start with a sore throat before progressing to stuffy nose and/or cough, but some only involve sore throat. ...Read more

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Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

More vulnerable: High stress can impair your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral illness (colds, coughs, flu, etc). For instance, some research showed that students' immunity went down every year under the simple stress of a three-day exam period. Test takers had fewer natural killer cells, which fight tumors and viral infections. They produced much less immunity-boosting gamma interferon too. ...Read more

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Can you get cold symptoms during.Ovulation?

Can you get cold symptoms during.Ovulation?

Yes, but: Only if you have a cold or flu. Ovulation is not associated with 'cold-like' symptoms. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I have cold symptoms --what can treat them?

I have cold symptoms --what can treat them?

Mainly symptomatic: Decongestionants, mucolytics & cough suppressants rest, fluids will depend on symptoms. ...Read more

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What tea do you suggest to relieve cold symptoms?

What tea do you suggest to relieve cold symptoms?

Any warm liquid: Theres nothing magical about tea or even soups. They are warm liquids that serve as an effective expectorant.The cold otherwise will take its course. Rest , eat when you can, stay hydrated. ...Read more

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I've had cold symptoms for several months. What could it be?

I've had cold symptoms for several months. What could it be?

See below: Just clear drainage? Sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? May be seasonal allergies rather than cold. Otc benadryl/claritin/zyrtec may help symptoms. Saline nasal spray can flush allergens out. If no improvement, see fp for exam. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have cold symptoms lasting for a couple of weeks?

Cold symptoms 2weeks: Yes if cold symptoms persist for two weeks, that means it is not common cold, it may be allergy or sinus infection or bronchitis, depending on symptoms. ...Read more