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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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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

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I have a cold since 2 week. Is it normal?

I have a cold since 2 week. Is it normal?

Prolonged: Viral upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold usually clear in a week or so. When symptoms persist beyond 10 days a bacterial infection such as SInusitis or bronchitis is suspected and often antibiotics are prescribed to expedite the clearing of these infections. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold, what do you recommend I do?

What to do if I have a cold, what do you recommend I do?

Colds: 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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I have a cold my side hurts when I cough?

I have a cold my side hurts when I cough?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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I have a cold how long will I be contagious?

I have a cold how long will I be contagious?

Most often you: Are not contagious after about a week. However, reportedly people can sometimes be contagious for up to three weeks (don't know which viruses that involves). ...Read more

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How long am I contagious when I have a cold?

How long am I contagious when I have a cold?

You are: Contagious not only with an active lesion but also possibly when there are no visible lesions. ...Read more

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I have a cold please help me I want rid of it!?

I have a cold please help me I want rid of it!?

Helps symptoms only: 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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Could I still have an immunisation if I have a cold?

Could I still have an immunisation if I have a cold?

In general,: A person would normally not get immunizations if there is a fever. If you have a viral infection - in general it is best to wait for an immunization until you are feeling better. Regarding having a cold - if you need the vaccine asap - it is variable depending what the immunization is. I would call the immunization clinic regarding the specific shot you are to receive. ...Read more

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What is a good means of determining if I have a cold or hayfever?

What is a good means of determining if I have a cold or hayfever?

Itchiness, fever etc: Both colds and allergies cause runny nose and sneezing. Allergies also cause itchy eyes, nose, or ears; they do not cause fever. Your throat may be slightly itchy or irritated with allergies, but will not be painful to swallow like with a cold. Colds may last for ~1 week; allergy symptoms may last for a month or more during specific seasons (e.g. Spring) or last all year. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if I have a cold or hayfever? How do you tell?

Can anyone tell me if I have a cold or hayfever? How do you tell?

A few differences: It can be tricky, but there are differences. Allergies tend to occur in the spring and fall; colds more often in summer and winter. Itchy eyes goes more for allergies; starting out with a sore throat is more typical of a cold. And allergies are more likely to respond to antihistamines than colds. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a cold or something more serious?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a cold or something more serious?

Cold vs Flu: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” **
Common cold symptoms in adults often include sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny or stuffed nose, slight headache, mild fever, mild aches & pains. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could still have an immunisation if I have a cold?

Can you tell me if I could still have an immunisation if I have a cold?

Yes you can: Yes you can as long as you do not have temoerature. CDC Recommends to wait till temp returns to normal
But cold without temp you can get immunization shots ...Read more

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I have a cold, but I keep puking, can't keep my food down. Any suggestions?

I have a cold, but I keep puking, can't keep my food down. Any suggestions?

Why puking?: A simple cold doesn't usually make people vomit. Getting at the root cause of your vomiting is usually going to be most helpful in sorting out what to expect - and how to treat it.

Food poisoning, viral stomach flu (gastroenteritis), vomiting after coughing, reflux, intestinal obstruction and other things can all cause vomiting. ...Read more

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I have hydrocephalus and I have a cold my whole body feels shooting pains?

I have hydrocephalus and I have a cold my whole body feels shooting pains?

No connection: There is no connection between these symptoms. Do you have a VP Shunt or waitng for treatment? Even if you have a shunt there is no connection. The generalized body pains need to be evaluated by your primary care doc ...Read more

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Every year, I have a cold score, but this one, I had for 3 months. How to treat it?

Your doctor can: Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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I feel like I'm going to pass out (i have a cold). What causes this lightheadedness?

I feel like I'm going to pass out (i have a cold). What causes this lightheadedness?

Blood pressure fall?: Most likely blood pressure fall with low tonicity of the muscles. Other possibility is viral affection of your ear nerve (vestibular neuritis) if continues see your md. ...Read more

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I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

Not enterovirus: Enteroviruses usually cause diarrhea or other intestinal complaints. Other classes of viruses like rhinovirus and adenovirus cause respiratory complaints in the summer. ...Read more

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I have a cold right now, and someone at work with a cold sneezed by me, can I get sick while I'm sick?

I have a cold right now, and someone at work with a cold sneezed by me, can I get sick while I'm sick?

You could but. . .: Chances are, the two of you in the same workplace have the same virus which means that it is much more likely that he caught his cold from you since he's still in the sneezing phase. Colds are passed around mostly by touch - you rub your nose, then touch a door handle or money that someone else then touches. They rub their nose and its in. It's rare to have two different virus infections at once. ...Read more

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I have a cold and my monocyte count is slightly higher that the normal range, could it be because I have a cold?

I have a cold and my monocyte count is slightly higher that the normal range, could it be because I have a cold?

May be: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual results. However, slightly elevated monocyte count by itself is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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I have a cold since 2 weeks now and no amelioration even with cold medecine, should I get worried? Lost my sense of taste since 2weeks too

I have a cold since 2 weeks now and no amelioration even with cold medecine, should I get worried? Lost my sense of taste since 2weeks too

Zinc deficiency: A pediatrican at cleveland clinic reported that administration of supplementary zinc was helpful in treating colds in children. It is also well known that loss of taste is related to zinc deficiency. It should be taken with a well rounded multivitamin. ...Read more