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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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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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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Would being infected with every kind of cold virus strain at once be a good immunization or dangerous?

I know colds come from around 200 different kinds of viruses. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold But would it be worth the risk to be purposefully infected with every type of strain that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If HCoV-NL63 also binds to ACE2 (like SARS and SARS-CoV-2) why doesn't it cause a more severe disease (on one hand) or a pandemic (on the other)?

By all accounts the "common cold" virus HCoV-NL63 although much further away (genetically) from SARS and SARS-CoV-2 it actually uses the same ACE2 receptor for entry (or at least the S1A ...
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Palatal itching and rhinitis

It is a common finding among people that palatal itching is usually followed by rhinitis. In a study it was found that palatal itching and allergic rhinitis are related. My question is that why does ...
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Do common colds transmit poorly through mouth-to-mouth kisses?

The Guardian (in 2017) chose to highlight this study In 1984, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison decided to investigate one of the best-known ways of catching a cold. They infected ...
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Looking for references describing the physical transmission of rhinoviruses and coronaviruses

I'm looking for reputable reference works that describe the physical aspects of how particles containing rhinoviruses and coronaviruses travel through the environment during disease transmission. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?