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Should I go to urgent care for the common cold?

Should I go to urgent care for the common cold?

ER/Urgent care abuse: A common cold is a viral infection with a short duration. Rest and drinking more fluids will help you through it. There is no need to go to an urgent care center or to the emergency room for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Erin Robertson
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Urgent Care (Definition)

Urgent care is delivered in an ambulatory setting. Patients arrive without appointments, first come, first served (except in cases of emergency) care that is rendered is often to treat minor traumatic injuries (ankle sprain, broken finger), lacerations, minor illnesses - sore throat, cough, uti. Not a primary care setting - patients are referred back ...Read more


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Should I go to urgent care for the common cold thats going around the family?

Should I go to urgent care for the common cold thats going around the family?

More...: If your symptoms are less than 2 weeks, it is unlikely that an antibiotic will help. Saline nasal rinses have been shown to be a great help. Search "nasal rinse" to learn more! stay home if you have a fever and wash hands any time you wipe your nose or touch your face so you don't spread the infection! ...Read more

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Can you go in for an operation if you have the common cold? If I have a cold will my surgery be postponed?

Can you go in for an operation if you have the common cold?    If I have a cold will my surgery be postponed?

Maybe: It depeds on your overall health and the length or type of surgery that you may be having. If you are having fevers or a lot of coughing, then surgery may be postponed. If there are only symptoms such as irritated throat or nasal congestion, then surgery may be alright. If it is a longer surgery that is planned, you would not likely want to have a lot of coughing after surgery. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your hay fevor is going way and isn't turning into the common cold?

How can you tell if your hay fevor is going way and isn't turning into the common cold?

Hay fever: Hay fever does not cause body aches and overall ill feeling. A cold lasts only for 2-3 days. Hay fever lasts as long as the allergy season. ...Read more

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Can you say if it could it be okay for me to go to a theme park if i'm recovering from the common cold?

Can you say if it could it be okay for me to go to a theme park if i'm recovering from the common cold?

Should be fine: If you are recovering, you should do okay at a theme park. Stay hydrated and pace yourself. Check with you primary doctor to make sure no other medical issues you have may limit your ability to enjoy yourself at the theme park. ...Read more

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I'm doing an essay on common colds and i was wondering what are the stages a person goes through with having a common cold?

I'm doing an essay on common colds and i was wondering what are the stages a person goes through with having a common cold?

Fun, then more fun: Most viral illnesses start with a brief prodrome, where nothing happens, then some mild fatigue, runny nose, mild abdominal pain, etc. A little post nasal drip, slight cough. As the virus causes destruction of the mucous membrane, cough worsens, mucous worsens and thickens, and fever may begin. As the immune system gets on top of the virus, symptoms resolve over a period of time. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a common cold without going to the doctors?

Manage symptoms: Saline nasal rinse, sudafed, hydrate, afrin 3 days on 3 days off, vitamin c, zinc lozenges, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, humidifier during sleep, sleep with head elevated 30degrees, echinacea, honey, lemon tea. Avoid antihistamines unless this is an allergy. ...Read more

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Why does my skin clear up (acne goes away) while i'm sick (common cold)?

Why does my skin clear up (acne goes away) while i'm sick (common cold)?

Possible answer: Dermatologists sometimes offer steroid injections to make pimples less noticeable. When person is sick the body naturally releases steroids from the adrenal glands. I do not suggest routine use of steroids for acne. Steroid abuse can trigger a systemic illness called acne fulminans. This can destroy muscles and joints. Steroid injections can also cause lightening and thinning of the skin. ...Read more

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How long could common cold last?

The common cold: According to the mayo clinic, colds usually last one to two weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral 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