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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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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


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What are the symptoms of the common cold compared to a flu?

What are the symptoms of the common cold compared to a flu?

Different: Influenza victims usually have a rapid onset of high fever, dry hacking cough and feel like they were "hit by a truck". A simple cold usually is slower onset, low grade temp, mild aches and pains and cough with congestion that is also milder then the flu. There are rapid flu tests thaty can show immediately what the diagnosis is as early treatment for flu is available. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold and is there an effective way to relieve them?

What are the symptoms of common cold and is there an effective way to relieve them?

COLDS: Colds are viral or allergic in origin.Sometimes it becomes purulent due to bacterial infection. In children, there's no treatment it is self limited. In adults, we give decongestant and antibiotic if necessary for the associated infection. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

Sx's: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. 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.” ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

What are the symptoms of common cold compared to the flu?

Flu more severe: They can be very similar, but influenza has more severe systemic (body) symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

Flu vs cold: 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 include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the symptoms of a common cold quickly?

How can I reduce the symptoms of a common cold quickly?

Common cold: The best way to treat the symptoms of a common cold is to drink plenty of clear fluids, use nasal saline drops often, and get lots of rest. Most viruses will run their course; however, there are numerous over the counter products to reduce symptoms if the symptoms are preventing you from being comfortable enough to sleep. ...Read more

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