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Doctor insights on: Period Of Communicability Of Common Cold

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Dr. Thomas Costello Dr. Costello
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What period of time is someone who has a common cold contagious?

What period of time is someone who has a common cold contagious?

Hard to say: You are probably most contagious for the 48 hours before you show any symptoms. You will stay contagious as long as you have symptoms. You should be careful of what contact you have with others, particularly if they are very old or very young or have an immune problem (including those on chemotherapy).

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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


Dr. Edward Burney Dr. Burney
Ophthalmology
39 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Dr. Alexander Gorup Dr. Gorup
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Can the common cold, caffeine, periods, and I've been eating bad this week, cause heartburn? I've had chili sense saturday and ribs last night.

Can the common cold, caffeine, periods, and I've been eating bad this week, cause heartburn? I've had chili sense saturday and ribs last night.

Yes indeed: Yes they could have caused this. That said, seems like this is unusual for you so it should subside. Chronic heartburn symptoms warrant intervention.

Dr. Stevan Cordas Dr. Cordas
Internal Medicine
53 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is the length of communicability for a common cold?

What is the length of communicability for a common cold?

Communicability: 2 to 3 days before symptoms appear and then about 1/12 to 2 weeks

Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Duration of common cold?

Duration of common cold?

5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How too treat a common cold?

How too treat a common cold?

Symptom relief: 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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to stop common cold relapse?

How to stop common cold relapse?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill.

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Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Common cold and vomotting feeling?

Sounds viral: Not much to go on, but I think this will pass.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What works against the common cold?

What works against the common cold?

Colds: 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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What should I take for a common cold?

What should I take for a common cold?

For symptom relief >: 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.

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Dr. Jeffery VanYperen Dr. VanYperen
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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Why can't the common cold be treated?

Why can't the common cold be treated?

Virus: The common cold is a virus, and it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Those are only good for bacteria. You can only treat the symptoms of a cold, but you mostly have to let it run its course...

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Afraz Adam Dr. Adam
Urgent Care
27 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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What should I take for a common cold?

What should I take for a common cold?

Symptom relief: There is no cure for the common cold, but there are meds that may make the symptoms a little more bearable. These include over-the-counter pain and fever relievers, nasal sprays, and cough medications. If you have several medical conditions, take prescription medications, or treating a young child, check with your doctor before taking OTC medications. Http://www. Healthline. Com/health/cold-flu

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Dr. Bryan Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What are symptoms of the common cold?

What are symptoms of the common cold?

Really???: Coughing, sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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What is the duration of the common cold?

Varies: The common cold usually last 5-7 days, with symptoms ocassionally lasting 10-14 days. See your doctor if you don't see improvement, or if you note worsening.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos Dr. Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
15 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the common cold?

Runny nose, sneezing: The common cold viruses cause upper respiratory tract infections typically that can present with runny nose, sneezing, occasionally with fever, nasal congestion, and cough. Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days but can last as long as 14 days. Extra rest, fluids, and symptomtaic treatment are usually all that is required. Antibiotics will not help colds.

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is there any way to treat the common cold?

Is there any way to treat the common cold?

Symptom relief: Nothing has been clearly shown to shorten the duration of colds. Treatment is directed at symptoms: lozenges for sore throat, decongestants for nasal and sinus congestion, and cough medications for cough.

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