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Nasal congestion, fever, head ache when infected with cold are our immune reaction towards the virus & virus do not harm us..Is this true?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Good question

In almost every case a virus infecting the nose (rhinovirus) is handled adequately by the immune system (lymphocytes and other immune cells).
But your question is good because in a small minority of cases, viruses may alter the surface of various organs and trick the normal immune system into recognizing the alteration as a foreign tissue and attack it. This is known as autoimmunity.

In brief: Good question

In almost every case a virus infecting the nose (rhinovirus) is handled adequately by the immune system (lymphocytes and other immune cells).
But your question is good because in a small minority of cases, viruses may alter the surface of various organs and trick the normal immune system into recognizing the alteration as a foreign tissue and attack it. This is known as autoimmunity.
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