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Questions tagged [common-cold]

A constellation of upper respiratory and systemic symptoms, often including cough, rhinorrhea, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, and/or fever. The common cold is caused by a variety of viral pathogens, most commonly rhinovirus species. For questions about influenza, use the influenza tag instead.

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Is it common to feel euphoric before going down with cold symptoms?

I have noticed that in the day or two before coming down with cold symptoms. (Which I am taking to be the interval between catching the virus and symptoms appearing.) I feel quite elated for no ...
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Becoming immune against the common cold [duplicate]

I've heard that there around 300 types of common cold. Would it be possible to get infected by all of them and then achieve immunity for all of them, after having had the mother of all common colds?
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Does isotretinoin increase your chance of colds and flus?

For brevity, I'll use URTI to refer to both colds and flus. Is this medically correct? My sister hasn't gotten a URTI in the past five years previously. But since starting Epuris in Sep. 2018, her ...
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What would happen to the body if the immune system failed to respond to a rhinovirus?

What exactly would happen to the body if the immune system did not detect or respond to a the common cold virus like Rhinovirus?
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what is biological mass of rhinovirus in adult

I've read wikipedia and did some web searches, but could not find that info. 1) what is mass of single rhinovirus? 2) what is average quantity of rhinovirus during peak of common cold in adult human ...
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Is there an explanation to why my stuffy nose seemingly disappears when I cover my nose while breathing? [closed]

Ever since I was a kid, I noticed that whenever my nose was stuffy, breathing through my handkerchief seemed to instantly make me breathe normal again. It has happened each time without fail for years,...
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Can common cold really be lethal?

In the news reports after the murderer of John Allen Chau on the Andaman Islands, I have several times read that common cold could kill this tribe, for example in this AFP-report: Fears that 21st ...
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Sleeping temperature when suffering from cold

I usually sleep at around 69°F(20.6°C). If the temperature is anything above 71°F(21.7°C), I find it very difficult to fall asleep with my body burning up and all. However, when I am suffering ...
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why does having a bad cold make thinking harder

I find when I have a bad cold and talking to other people it isn't just me, that thinking feels like really hard work and the simplest job becomes really tricky. Does anybody know why?
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Should you warm up even to potentially dangerous levels with a flu or cold?

When waking up with a sore throat, stuffed nose and propensity to feel colder than normal, you can be unsure exactly what infectious vector caused it. Some people's normal modus operandi would be to ...
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Does a cold or flu typically affect resting heart rate?

Background I have had a Fitbit heart tracker for several months. Typically, it reports my resting heart rate around 60 bpm, with a standard deviation of 1-2 bpm. A month ago, I got some kind of ...
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Do we lose resistance to the common cold over time, or are we infected by a different cold each time?

In Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond it says our resistance to the flu and common cold is only "temporary". However, I was under the impression that if we get a flu/cold we stay immune forever, ...
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How long can a virus stay in the air for?

For example, if a person with a cold goes into a small doctor's office and coughs, then they leave and 10 minutes later, you enter and breath the air in the room, can this make you sick?
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Does efficacy of the flu vaccine change if received while sick with the common-cold?

If one’s immune system was dealing with fighting any common-cold virus infection, does that in any way change the efficacy of the flu vaccine received at that time? I don't know how efficient the ...
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Does wrapping hot towel in neck to get rid of sore throat and cold? [closed]

I really interested to know if wrapping a hot towel in neck will help to get rid of sore throat quickly? if yes, then why ?
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Relation between Cold & Mood

Every single time whenever symptoms of a cold start to develop, excluding the general irritation (headaches, runny nose, etc) - there are moments where my mood just gets extremely positive. Is there ...
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Reason behind testing blood when someone is suffering from Common cold and fever?

What does testing blood helps identifying in case of Common cold or fever? This article about Common cold states, a doctor may do a throat or nasal culture, or blood test to rule out a secondary ...
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Why does fess Sinu-Cleanse say not to use if your nasal passages are completely blocked

On the pack it says to not to use if the nasal passage is completely blocked. Can using it with a blocked nasal package cause harm and if so how? [
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Is a general vaccine against getting a cold possible?

While the common cold is a broad disease, is it possible to get vaccinated? Is it possible at least in some future, or is it even in theory not possible?
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Any irreversible damage from not treating common cold right

When I catch a cold, I usually just work through it, i.e. take no rest day and try to live by the same schedule as when I'm healthy. I already read on WebMD that this behaviour can increase the ...
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How fast can a common cold progress/develop into pneumonia?

I know that it all depends on the health of the individual, but typically speaking how fast can a common cold progress and develop into pneumonia? After how many days of enduring chest congestion ...
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Surgical masks - do they prevent the spread of disease?

Now and then you see something like this when looking at pictures from Japan: There are supposedly many reasons for this, but one is, quoting a summary from Wikipedia: Surgical masks are popularly ...
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After recovering from a cold, I always wake up with some phlegm in my throat

I used to never have to clear my throat after waking up, but around 4 months ago I caught a cold that took a long time to clear up. Now when I wake up, I always find that my throat needs clearing. It ...
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The Common Cold - what does the name refer to?

My mother, a school science teacher, is of the opinion that the common cold gains its name from the fact that you can acquire a cold virus more readily when you yourself feel cold. For example, in her ...
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Catch a cold from the grass?

Every time I play with the dogs in the backyard, then the next day I get what feels like a 24-hour head cold. I've verified this at least 7 times. This doesn't happen to me when we run around on any ...
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What to use for sore nostrils?

I am using this at the moment : Country Comfort Herbal Savvy Comfrey, but I have read that oil based stuff can cause pneumonia. What to use then ?
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What is the average recovery time for cold and catarrh

I've been having cold and catarrh for the past one week. I don't want to disturb my parents about medicines, so I drink lots of water everyday, but doesn't seem to have any improvement. Q1: What is ...
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has your body killed a cold virus before you experience any symptoms?

A friend tells me that by the time you feel the first symptoms of a cold (runny nose, sore throat, whatever the first symptoms are), your immune system has actually already killed the virus, and the ...
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Solution for a sinus problem

I am a 30 year old lady. Some doctor told me that I have some problem in my nose bone and it may be a sinus. When I get cold my nose bone pain a lot while breathing and have watery eyes. Whenever I ...
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How does resting influence the recovery time of a common cold?

It seems to be self-evident: If I have a cold, I stay at home, snug under my bed cover, drink a lot of tea and either sleep and let myself be distracted by a book or a movie, until I don’t feel weak ...
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Is the common cold deadly to a suppressed immune system?

If you were taking an immune system suppressant such as Prograf (Tacrolimus) for a long period of time would a virus like the common cold linger in the body and cause infection over time and possibly ...
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

Is there any reason to believe ginger or garlic help curing or preventing common cold? I've heard this multiple times suggested as a home remedy. What does the science say?
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Can I get infected again with the same cold?

Both me and my mom got infected with cold from the same person apparently, since both of us fell ill a few days after meeting this ill at that time person. However, mom got infected far more severely ...
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Air Cooler and Health Issues

I am new to air cooling appliances at home. Now, I am planing to buy a air cooler ( not conditioner), but I heard that it will create health issues such as dust allergy, cold etc. Because It ...
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Swallowing mucus gaves me sore throat?

I have had a common cold for a week. I had lot of mucus (or phlegm, I don't know what the correct term is) in my nose. My throat was ok back then. Yesterday before sleeping I couldn't avoid swallowing ...
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What's the optimal dosage of zinc within 24 hours of onset of cold symptoms?

A cochrane review suggested that taking zinc within onset of cold symptoms is effective at lingering the common cold. What's the optimal dosage?
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What are the actual symptoms of the common cold? [duplicate]

Everyone knows (and passionately hates) the runny nose, coughing, sneezing, aching/sore joints, and the drowsiness associated with the cold. But these symptoms are just the body trying to get rid of ...
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Does getting the cold constantly build defense?

Since it's molecule format changes every year or so, does it even matter (in terms of resistance) that you had it last year?
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Accidentally took cold medicine an hour early

So I currently have a cold and the medicine I'm taking is supposed to be taken every 4 hours. For some reason I thought I was supposed to take my next dose at 3pm, but after I took it, I realized I ...
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Difference between common cold and flu?

What are the differences between flus and colds? I don't know about English, but in Spanish they confuse it very often when using words gripe and resfriado. Maybe it's not the case in English, but I ...
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the number of incidences and severity/duration of the common cold?

The study Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey shows a reduction of days challenged virally by about 70% just by taking 180mg allicin every ...
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Can one do anything to make a cold take a milder course after noticing first symptoms?

Usually, a person will start feeling the symptoms of a cold a day or so after having been exposed to cold weather wearing improper clothing. The question is this: what can I do to minimize the ...
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Do vitamins protect you from common cold?

Do vitamins (taken as pills) boost your immune system, and make you less likely to contract diseases such as common cold or flu? Is there scientific evidence either way? I tend to think that ...
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Who to go to for diagnosis of random seizures?

I don't have a history of seizures, nor does my family, but this started 4-5 years ago when I was asleep. They usually occur when I feel sick or have a cold or flu-like symptoms. An EEG test said ...
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Is there any evidence that blowing your nose speeds recovery from a cold?

It seems to be standard advice to blow your nose when congested from a cold, but is there any evidence that this actually helps, either with severity or duration of symptoms?
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What to do after being exposed to someone with the flu/cold

If I spent 45 minutes in a car with closed windows with someone that had a cold/flu, what would I have to do immediately after exiting the vehicle to reduce and if possible eliminate the chance of ...
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Cough treatment with well-understood mechanism of action

The medicines for cough threatment can be attributed to several classes: antibiotics and antiviral drugs mucolytics antitussives expectorants bronchodilators Are there any other means of cough ...
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Increase immunity to common cold and cough

What are some home remedies (preventive) that I can try on a regular basis to increase my immunity to common cold? I get it way too often, almost once every couple of months. Sometimes it is viral ...
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How to tell if the common cold has turned to an infection

I am very susceptible to the common cold. I get it at least 2 - 3 times a year. Sometimes it goes away in a couple of days, sometimes it develops into a nasty throat/lung infection with an awful cough ...
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Are these studies about red algae reducing cold virus by 92% believable? [duplicate]

I was using this spray meant to hasten recovery from the common cold. A study [1], sponsored by the pharmaceutical company that produces the spray, stated it reduced virus by 92% (this value only ...