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What type of pathogen causes the common cold?

What type of pathogen causes the common cold?

Many viruses: The common cold is caused by a variety of respiratory viruses, including rhinovirus, coronavirus, and adenovirus, just to name a few. ...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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What kind of pathogens cause the common cold?

What kind of pathogens cause the common cold?

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

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What causes the common cold?

What causes the common cold?

Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the various symptoms of the common cold?

What are the causes of the various symptoms of the common cold?

Cold symptoms: Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired & watery eyes. ...Read more

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How can getting wet in the rain or exposure to dust cause you to catch a common cold?

How can getting wet in the rain or exposure to dust cause you to catch a common cold?

Not per se: Common cold is caused by a viral infection. Getting chilled may lower your resistance and make you more susceptible to infection. ...Read more

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Can the common cold sometimes cause amenorrhea? Can an illness such as a common cold ever cause amenorrhea? .

Can the common cold sometimes cause amenorrhea? Can an illness such as a common cold ever cause amenorrhea? .

Not exactly: Some causes of amenorrhea (loss of menstrual periods) can include severe weight loss and illness, so I suppose it is distantly possible. That being said, the nature of the common cold is that it should not make one sick enough for long enough to produce amenorrhea. Some women have rather irregular cycles which are exquisitely sensitive to physical or emotional stress and in that case possibly. ...Read more

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I'm just curious, what causes you to sneeze during the common cold? I've always wondered this.

I'm just curious, what causes you to sneeze during the common cold? I've always wondered this.

Irritation: inflammation and dryness of the nasal passages during common cold makes the mucous lining of the nasal cavity more sensitive to the least stimulus hence the sneeze, so well hydration, nasal washes and rest helps reduce the inflammation till the body fends off the virus, hope this helps ...Read more

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Could the common cold cause flatulence?

Could the common cold cause flatulence?

Gas: With a cold, postnasal mucus can drain down our throats, usually while we're sleeping. Swallowing all that mucus can cause some stomach fullness, gas, abd cramping and sometimes softer/mucus-mixed bowel movements. ...Read more

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Can a common cold cause myocarditis?

Rarely....: The most common cause of common colds is rhinovirus a virus not know to cause myocarditis. The common viral agents that can cause myocarditis like Cosackievirus esp. Type B, Adenovirus, Influenza are less common causes of common cold. The risk of having a myocarditis after an infection with either of the latter viruses is quite rare. Hit or miss. ...Read more

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Which types of foods can help me get over the common cold?

Wait: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what I recommend. Probiotics foods like yogert and antioxidants foods like tea, berries, dark chocolate can't hurt. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the common cold?

Viruses: Common colds are caused by viruses, rhinovirus is the most common. ...Read more

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Can food allergies cause common cold?

Can food allergies cause common cold?

Nope: Food allergies can cause a lot of challenges but we can't blame colds on them too. Germs - usually viruses - cause the common cold. Some folks find that dairy makes them more snotty: stuffy nose and ears. ...Read more

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Can a common cold or asthma cause Rhonchi sounds?

Can a common cold or asthma cause Rhonchi sounds?

Yes: Rhonchi are caused by a blockage in the airways or fluid in the bronchial passageway so yes asthma and less commonly common cold can be associated with rhonchi ...Read more

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Does the common cold (rhinovirus) cause green/yellow mucus?

Does the common cold (rhinovirus) cause green/yellow mucus?

It could but: If you have had symptoms for more than 7 days you may consider getting checked out to make sure you don't have a bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can a common cold really cause guillian barre syndrome? Minor things leading to paralysis?!

Can a common cold really cause guillian barre syndrome? Minor things leading to paralysis?!

Gillain Barre: Unfortunately, yes, any viral syndrome can cause this as well as certain medications. The good news is that it's rare and you basically have to wait it out ...Read more

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Is eating ice cream in winter when the weather is cold bad? Can it cause to have common cold or tobecome sick?

LOL: I do that all the time. There is no proven problem, only individualized. During cold times people don't want anything more cold so it is a preference. I like it. Some have asthma and don't like the cold, irritating for them. The disease common cold is from an infection of a virus not from ice cream. So if you like it, join the group. Have fun. ...Read more

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Is it "normal" to have common cold or allergies every two to three months? How do you prevent it? Will I need an allergy test to find the cause?

Is it "normal" to have common cold or allergies every two to three months? How do you prevent it? Will I need an allergy test to find the cause?

Perhaps but: The average adults have about 3 colds a year and thus your problem may not be unusual until the duration of the cold exceeds 2-3 weeks each time and the occurrence is seasonal. If you have a "cold" every 2 months however, then the chance for allergy rises. The presence of itching and lack of a fever would point more to allergy and allergy tests would be the answer. ...Read more

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Can the common cold cause chest or heart pain?

Yes: A cold or virus particularly with lots of coughing, but sometimes without can cause diffuse aches and pains in chest. Some viruses can lead to an inflammation of the lining around the heart called pericarditis which also can be painful. ...Read more

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Is it possible for type 1 diabetes to be triggered by a common cold virus?

Is it possible for type 1 diabetes to be triggered by a common cold virus?

Define "trigger": T1DM is a process that emerges after a period of time when the body looses its ability to make insulin.The apparent mechanism involves destruction of insulin producing cells by auto-immune antibodies. The source of those antibodies is illusive but thought to include enteroviral infections. The disease often presents after a triggering illness, but could be diagnosed earlier by specific tests. ...Read more

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Can common cold cause lung infection?

Not usually: But in some people it can rogers's to bronchitis or less commonly to pneumonia. ...Read more