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Doctor insights on: Period Of Communicability Of Common Cold

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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). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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. ...Read more

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Duration of common cold?

Duration of common cold?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold?

What are the symptoms of common cold?

Symptoms: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever, and mild body aches. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a common cold?

Is it possible to die from a common cold?

Not usually: Not usually... With certain exceptions. If one is on certain medications (steroids, chemotherapy, etc), has a weakened/absent immune system (premature infant, hiv, etc), severe malnutrition, or multiple poorly controlled health problems (diabetes, heart failure, copd, etc)-- then more potential complications can develop after a cold. ...Read more

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What to do if do I just have a common cold?

Home remedies: 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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How to shorten the length of the common cold?

Can treat symptoms: But can't v length. 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 are the lengths of stages of a common cold?

What are the lengths of stages of a common cold?

7-10 days overall: Initially there is nasal congestion for 3-5 days, then cough for 4-5 days. ...Read more

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Could there be a cure being worked on for the common cold?

Could there be a cure being worked on for the common cold?

Common Cold: There are numerous viruses involved in the "common cold" so it's a difficult task to find a "cure". They change over time as well so it's like shooting blind at a moving target. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a common cold?

What is the cure for a common cold?

NO CURE: Cold is caused by a virus and the body's natural immune system will that care of it. There is no medicine that can prevent or cure a cold at this time. ...Read more

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Why is there not cure for common cold?

Why is there not cure for common cold?

Too many viruses: There are too many viruses that cause it and they mutate. Be patient. Someday, there will be a cure. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for the "common cold"?

No "cure": 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 kind of pathogens cause the common cold?

A number of viruses: Rhinoviruses are the most common pathogens among them. ...Read more