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Sensitivity To Screen When 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cold sweats: Discuss with your Dr.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day of electrolyte rich fluids (Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, G) and 4-6 bowls/day of broth, bullion, consume or soup. Hot steam showers 3-4 times/day. Nasal saline, Tylenol as needed, Robitussin DM or Mucinex DM as needed. Zinc lozenges and dark brown honey 4 times/day. Rest. Warm water gargles 4-6 times/day.
If not hypertensive OK to use a 12-hour nasal decongestant spray, followed by nasal saline spray, warm water gargles or neti pot. Carefully monitor temperature every 4-6 hrs. ...Read more
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
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
Yes it is normal: Yes it is normal to feel tired and out of it when you have a cold. ...Read more
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
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
I have a cold & noticed after repeated blowing a very small amount of blood on tissue. Is this normal or should I be worried? Thanks.
URI: Nothing to worry about. Likely related to the infection and irritation. If it continues then you need to see a doc. ...Read more
I have a cold since last one week today when I woke up in morning I see blood coughing What could be the cause please help Thank you?
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