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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What is the Fatality Rate of the Common Cold? [closed]

During COVID-19, we've heard many comparisons between SARS-CoV-2 and the Flu, especially in terms of the case fatality rate (CFR). Currently, the Flu is thought to be around 0.1%, and according to the ...
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Are there differences in symptoms with different viruses that cause the common cold?

A recent XKCD comic proposed a humorous future pastime in which virus connoisseurs review and contrast the symptoms of different common-cold cases caused by different viruses, with the implication ...
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Evidence for temperature and humidity causing respiratory illnesses

I have a science background and get into arguments with people about common colds and fevers. I argue that they are caused by viruses and bacteria, which go from organism to organism. using this ...
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Nasal spray or oral spray against airborne viruses

I'm seeing different approaches to try protect/alleviate against airborne viruses (e.g. HRV). Let's take some examples: Enzymatica ColdZyme - oral spray P&G Vicks First Defense - nasal spray ...
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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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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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Does getting the cold constantly build defense? [closed]

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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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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Has increased Hand-washing during Coronavirus lockdown helped reduce transmission of the Common Cold & other Viruses?

One of the main preventative measures for Coronavirus currently recommended is standard hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Anecdotally at least people have increased their hand-...
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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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What is the long-term COVID-19 outlook?

Finding a cure for the common cold has long been an unattainable holy grail of medicine. The common cold is caused by over 200 different strains of viruses (Common cold - Wikipedia). The viruses ...
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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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How relevant is TMPRSS2 for the entry of common-cold coronaviruses?

To complement a question here about the receptor used by the common-cold coronaviruses, I'll ask the same about the relevance of TMPRSS2 for these, noting that it seems quite important for the SARS-...
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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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Would the human seasonal coronaviruses be just as deadly as COVID-19 in a population with no prior immunity?

Presuming that we were able to find a person who was never exposed to any of the human seasonal coronaviruses (part of the viruses that cause the common cold), would the virus be just as deadly for ...
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Is excersizing up to a sweat when you are sick beneficial, as opposed to only resting? [closed]

I feel like I get mixed messages about whether or not it is good to work up a sweat when you catch a cold/flu (anecdotal). ..I get it if you don't want to go to the gym to spread the virus, but ...
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Will there ever be a universal vaccine for the common cold?

If I get infected once with the virus which causes a common cold, does that mean I will not get infected with the same strain of the virus ever in my lifetime? Is the immune system capable and smart ...
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Will the condition of a person become worse by COVID-19 if he is already suffering from a common cold/flu [closed]

Can the condition become worse, if a person has Normal flu and then he gets infected by coronavirus. Or if has just recovered from normal flu/cold and then gets infected by coronavirus
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Increase immunity to common cold and cough [closed]

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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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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Can sniffling lead to otitis media? [closed]

Is there any link between excessive sniffling when having a runny nose and otitis media? By sniffling I mean propelling thin watery mucus up one's nose into the nasal cavity rather than pulling thick ...
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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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Why is my sense of balance bad when I'm sick?

This happens quite often when I have a flu or just a cold. When I'm sitting, I sometimes feel like I am in a very diagonal position, even I am not. To visualize it better, just sit down and lean ...
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Do zinc lozenges really help the common cold?

For years I've been seeing advertisements for zinc supplements for the common cold, and I've heard recommendations from people who swear that they work, either wiping out a cold completely or ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...