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Questions and answers about the "Common Cold"; symptoms in the upper respiratory tract like sneezing, scratchy throat, and runny nose, but adults don't typically have fevers. Colds are usually caused by the rhinovirus (up to 40% of colds), or Coronaviruses (about 20%), but there are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Also questions about the seasonal flu, also called "regular flu", caused mostly by Type A and Type B Influenza viruses. Flu starts with similar symptoms as a cold only it hits faster and harder and usually includes fever in adults. Although the "stomach flu" is a common term, it is not a real diagnosis. The proper medical term for stomach flu is gastroenteritis (an intestinal disease, sometimes viral but also bacterial), it is often mistaken for influenza because the flu can sometimes include vomiting and diarrhea.
The state of the immune system can both improve and get worse during pregnancy, and this varies with the individual.
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See also the related question below for the current recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. My doctor actually recommended I get the flu shot while I was pregnant. I did and everything is still going fine. Here in UK pregnant women are not on the list of peop…
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You should call your doctor if you haven't been able to keep anything down for 24 hours.   This is nothing to worry about. A woman's body is AMAZING! It takes care of the baby before it takes care of you :) There are many women that have extreme morning sickness and their babies are just fine…
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sure you can. during my whole first trimester i got on and off fevers, and flu like symptoms. I'm sure it works the same way for colds. good luck
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%DETAILS% Answer The engine is locked up due to a failed oil pump. This isn't due to negligence, it's something that just happens. I know because it happened to mine '96 Stratus. You can buy a replacement engine for around $750. Any engine manufactured past April 14th of '96 until the end of 20…
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I have a 1999 blazer. The heater core clogs up about once a year from the Dexcool. Try having it (heater core) flushed and use Prestone (Extended life) instead of Texaco.
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a temperature sensor could be faulty...i have a 1994 legacy and i had the same problem...i replaced the temperature gage sensor and i have no more problems.
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you have to replace the idle air control.  make sure there are no engine misses(badd plugs and/or wires) always monthly use stp fuel injector cleaner (black bottle only) and make sure the air cleaner isn't oiled or really dirty (replace if havent lately. sometimes they look clean but they are …
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No; repetitive movements are more likely to be a symptom of autism. Twitching or fidgeting are symptoms of ADHD that involve movement.
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I developed this reaction after a prescription for asthma which I had a bad reaction to. Now whenever I am around smoke I become fatugued and feel sick for sometimes days. I strongly believe this to be true and I would appriciate any insight into a cure or improvement.
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Cold Nose and Poor Circulation Not necessarily. About 2 years ago i was always cold, nose hands, everywhere, and it turned out to be an underactive thyroid. I am now on daily medicine for that and, my nose is still cold all the time. Maybe if the rest of you is cold all the time, and you have low…
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From Exposure to SymptomsIt usually takes about 3-5 days, but It can take less than 9 hours, depending on the virus which caused it (there are 200 apparently which cause colds :). I drank some of my friend's Coke after he had been drinking from the bottle. We were both sick the next day. It took rou…
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You are most likely to get a cold if someone sneezes or coughs over you or near you. To avoid the spread this way, you need to stay at least a 6 foot diameter distance from the person. Cold viruses are in the air on respiratory droplets for a short time after a cough or sneeze. Although they can tra…
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Adults are contagious one or two days before symptoms of the common cold start and approximately a week after. Children can be contagious even longer, as much as two weeks after symptoms have started. You are most contagious earlier in your illness rather than later. Some people can be infected with…
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To Avoid Catching a Cold or Flu 1. The number one best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year. 2. Keep your mucous membranes (nostrils, mouth, eyes) moist with proper hydration. 3. Clean your hands. When soap and warm water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or …
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How to Avoid Passing Cold and FluWhen you're sick, keep your distance from others. If possible, stay home from work. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw it away. If you don't have a tissue, turn your head away from people near you and cough into the crook of…
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As everyone knows: Drink fluids and get plenty of rest in bed, just like momma said. Over-the-counter medicines can help you treat the symptoms. Ask your pharmacist for recommendations for your specific symptoms. However, some symptoms are important in actually fighting off a virus. They shouldn't …
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Regular Exercise and Colds and Flu Yes. Regular exercise, from aerobics to walking, boosts the immune system. People who exercise may still catch a virus that causes a cold or the flu, but they may have less severe symptoms and may recover more quickly than their friends who do not exercise.
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Greater Risk With Allergies Yes. People who have asthma or allergies may already have inflamed and irritated lungs. If so, and if their bodies are already fighting one irritant or illness, it is more difficult for them to fight off a virus. Smokers are also more likely to have irritated lungs and…
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It is theoretically possible, but usually we only have one common cold infection at a time. The mechanism of this is not fully understood.
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Helping a Cold With Herbs, Vitamins, and MineralsRecent clinical research has shown that administration of zinc lozenges can cut the time of suffering from a cold in half. Clinical research regarding echinacea, vitamin C or zinc supplements has not proven their efficacy. The reason Zinc works as a l…
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Yes. Some people can be sick but never feel it at all, while others can be laid out completely by this same cold or flu. It just depends on that person's body and how it reacts.
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First, this is an idiom that is no longer considered good medicine. It comes from a culture from long ago before we understood pathogens, disease, and our immune systems. When you are ill with a cold, other upper respiratory infection, and/or fever, eat sensibly when you are hungry and stop when y…
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Why Flu Has A Season Most cases of influenza in the United States fall between the months of November and March, with the peak of infection rates in January and February. But that doesn't mean it is tied only with cold weather. Other places in the world have their flu season in warmer months. It ha…
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Catching Flu Twice in a SeasonYes, you can. But, it would have to be a different strain or type of the influenza-virus than you previously had (if you are otherwise healthy and have a well-functioning immune system). You would need to be exposed to a different flu virus to get it a second time becau…
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Life of Cold Virus While In the Air It is important to understand that viruses don't actually live. They are simply DNA or RNA material encased within a protein complex (a virion). They cause damage when they come in contact with a host's cells and are able to attach and take them over to replicate …
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What To Do When Catching A Cold You should go to a store like Rite Aid or Walmart and go to the pharmacy. Tell them the symptoms you are having and they will tell you exactly what type of medicine you should buy to help it. You should also drink as many clear beverages as you can each day, such …
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Catching a Cold Together Most likely, yes. There are three of us in the house and all three of us came down with the same cold symptoms, one after the other. You are much more likely to catch a cold when living in close proximity with others since the droplets from sneezes and coughs are in the air …
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Stopping Overproduction of Saliva The best way to relieve this is to gargel with salt water, it will dry out the phlegm. On the other hand, why would you want to??? As inconvenient as it may seem, these are the processes that your body is using to overcome the sickness. Nobody likes diarrhea, ri…
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No, once you have had an infection by a specific common cold virus and if you have an otherwise healthy immune system, you won't be sick with that same exact virus again. You could, however, become sick from a mutation of the virus you had. And the common cold is extremely efficient at mutating into…
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Getting Flu to Go Away No because there are natural resevoirs for the influenza virus such as birds. Indeed, it is believed that most influenza orgininates in the far East due to the relatively close contact between people and fowl in that area of the world. Your question is a good one because we…
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Reddish Rash/Red Spots on Upper Body You could be allergic to some of your cold medication you are taking. If you have been using chest rub this could be the cause. Even perspiring in bed from a fever can cause "heat rash." Also get checked out by your doctor and be sure you don't have the start …
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Cause of Aches in Leg Muscles When you have a cold or flu your whole body is weakened. A large portion of your body's resources and energy are being used to focus on rebuilding your immune system and fighting off the ailment, so there is little left over to power your muscles, and so you will fee…
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%DETAILS% Answer My doc said 6% of people vomit when taking Straterra. If you are one of those people you need to stop immediatly. This means you are having some sort of allergic reation. If you doc says different find a new one.
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No. Colds are caused by your body's susceptibility to a cold virus. While low humidity in a room might create the proper conditions for some viruses, a fan does not have any effect on the humidity level in a room, as a fan simply pushes air around, it does not alter the air like an air conditioner.…
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The common cold is the most common human disease. Well over 200 viruses are implicated in the cause. Rhinovirus caused colds are most infectious during the first three days of symptoms. A person with the symptoms has already caught the cold. The time before the infection begins and when the symptoms…
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Spanish FluThis is a rather a old strain with its first appearance in 1918. In two years, over 30 million people died from Spanish Flu. Many of the soldiers returning from Europe to North America brought the virus with them. In 1920 in New York City over 500 people a day were dying of it. There was …
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You should make it warm not hot, and cozy and then try and feed it its favorite food as long as it is suitable for hamsters. If this doesn't work you should most probably take it to a vet to get it checked out. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------…
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As long as you are ovulating regardless of a cold or flu you CAN become pregnant. But your partner may not be too happy about the exposure to the viruses...
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Cause of Sore Gums What is more important is why the person is feeling ill for so long a time. Flu and viruses if there are no complication generally last 7-14 days. It would be beneficial for the person to be evaluated by a doctor for all the existing symptoms.
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Drinking very large amounts of water over a short period of time may be fatal. This was demonstrated in the infamous case of the "wee for a Wii contest" where contestants tried to drink the most water to win a Wii. One contestant died. The excess water dilutes electrolytes and causes water intoxicat…
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Yes, I have been told by my doctor that there is a virus out there that can last about 4 weeks that causes nasal and chest congestion and should be watched for any bacterial infection that may develop. I had this and it started with a thick mucous that dripped from my sinus down my throat and was ac…
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Red Bumps In Throat A cold usually comes along with other things, sometimes flu, strep throat, etc. and the reason that is is because coughs and colds lower your immune system, the body is fighting the cold and it lowers the immune system allowing other virus's and germs to get in this also inclu…
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Symptoms of a Common Cold The symptoms involved most often are cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue, and low grade fever (if over 101F in adults, this could indicate the flu or another cause of fever instead of a cold). A more comprehensive answer: A sore throat. It may include inf…
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Here's the summary from Ken Hollis and the alt.spam FAQ:First off NEVER reply to the "Remove Me" e-mail addresses or sites. This only confirms that you have a live e-mail address and makes *your* e-mail address more valuable to sell to other spammers.Start off by reading the spam FAQ in the related …
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Answer I'm 24 and have the same thing going on. I always thought older men just like to hit on younger girls. I've always had more older men interested in men my age, men my age like the 17-18yr old crowd. She must be good! Seriously, men don't hang around for nothing. Two things she has to be g…
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Answer If it's water, turn your head with the ear that is blocked facing the ground and jump up and down a couple of times. If it's pressure like in an elevator or plane, pinch your nose and blow.
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Yes and No. Certain types of medication are ok. Robitussin withOUT the DM is ok. Nothing with aspirin or ib profin. Tylenol is ok.
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Hello there are several reasons for this but number one is heart problems. But wait you can also have a asthma attack and have pain in the chest to , and last but not least a anxiety attack will also cause pain in the chest. But do remember that heart pain will also have pain down one arm are the ot…
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Reasons Sneezing Is Contagious Sneezing is contagious because it is partially a response to stimuli in the nose and partially in the mind. Hence, when your mind is reminded of its ability to sneeze, it often takes the opportunity to do so.
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Could Be the Flu It could be that you are pregnant and should take a home pregnancy test, but if you have a fever it is probably the flu. Answer Only a doctor can diagnose your problem, but I'd say off hand that your body is giving you all the signals to slow down and you aren't listening! If…
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If your sinuses are sore and you feel like your left ear (or both ears) is blocked, it means that your sinuses are probably congested. When your sinuses become blocked or congested, they create pressure in your head and can even lead to ear infections. This happens because your sinuses are connected…
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Frequent hand washing is the BEST way to NOT get colds and the flu. BUT do it right: HOT water, and SOAP, and do it for at least as long as it takes you to SING the national anthem, from start to finish. You do know the words, right? The point here is this: most people don't wash LONG enough, and do…
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Catching the Same Cold Twice: No, a cold is a viral infection, and once the virus has been in your system, you become immune to it if you have a healthy immune system. Therefore, if you are exposed to the same virus, it will have no effect because your body already has defenses built for it. Howeve…
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Giving A Cold Back If you are asking if you can give the cold back to the person that gave it to you so you will not be sick, the answer is no. If you are asking if you can give the same cold virus back to the person who originally gave it to you, then also no, since they will have immunity from ha…
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If our immune system were that weak as to be affected by a few hours in cold temperature we would really be in trouble. viruses cause colds, usually the rhinovirus. The only way that freezer would give you a cold is if you were working with someone who had a cold in the freezer either at the same ti…
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Fever Blisters on Tongue That's probably herpes of the mouth. Ask your doctor about Valtrex after he examines you if it is.
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Answer You should not apply isopropyl alcohol directly to the forehead or anywhere else on the body. Isopropyl alcohol, unlike ethyl (drinkable) alcohol, is toxic to the body. In small amounts applied to wounds, it is not harmful, but since isopropyl alcohol is easily absorbed by the skin, it ca…
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NO! Rubbing alcohol is actually "wood alcohol". [Wood alcohol is Methanol, not Isporpyl Alcohol, which is what is typically considered "rubbing alcohol"]. Not at all the same as "grain alcohol" which is what is in alcoholic beverages. Wood alcohol can cause blindness or even death. Bad idea. You can…
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Virus, Not Conditions, Cause Illness No, viruses cause colds, not cold weather, or wet hair, or any other old wive's tale. We tend to get colds in the winter because we are cooped up inside with recirculating air. Also, humidity levels are lower in the winter which causes your nostrils to dry out…
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Pandemic Flu Pandemic refers to contagious or infectious diseases that are usually worldwide or spread across several continents. Some examples of diseases that have caused past pandemics would be cholera, small pox, the bubonic plague, typhus, the Spanish flu, and the Asian flu. Flu refers to in…
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I believe that was one of the last carburated vehicles around, wasn't it? If it's carburated you might need to adjust the choke a little to have it run better in the cold.  On your vehicle's carb there is a choke pull which has the job of controlling the closed choke at start-up to the open ch…
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Medicine For Getting Voice Back Gargling with warm salt water usually helps, as does warm tea with honey. Pineapple juice is also useful because it cuts phlegm!
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No, your brain will remain intact if you hold in a sneeze. But it can have an effect on the inner ear, such as creating a blockage in the eustachian tube. Often when a person does have a bad cold they have hearing problems, but realize they can hear better after sneezing or blowing their nose. Some…
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Not Murder No, because you cannot help passing on a cold. It may not have come from you anyway. Also colds are not fatal. The cold would not be the cause of death on the death certificate.
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Effects of Drinking Hot Honey and Lemon Hot honey is soothing to the throat and is supposed to help with sore throats. Lemon helps with the cold. It never seemed to work for me. Some believe it is just a comfort thing and you could also add a little whiskey if you like the taste.
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Sometimes it can be an indication of a complication of the flu, especially if accompanied by fever and in children. Contact your health care professional to find out if you should schedule an exam. When to seek emergency care according to CDC if you have the flu: "If you become ill and experience an…
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Treating a Cold When Pregnant Get your doctor to prescribe Duratuss if you are coughing. It is safe for pregnancy. Any Motrin product is safe as well, but talk to your doctor first. Cough drops are great, echinacea is helpful in the herbal form. You should also wrap up warm, stay indoors but make…
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Do NOT Drink Rubbing Alcohol It can cause blindness. Rubbing alcohol is "isopropyl" alcohol, not the same chemical as grain alcohol, ("ethyl" alcohol). Don't drink it! Rubbing alcohol is POISONOUS to drink!
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Not Necessarily Different Viruses Not neccessarily but it could be. If you are worried about it, you should go to the doctor and ask them. They should be able to tell you something after a few tests.
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hmmm. i don't know why don't you stop bugging her and leave her alone. Now their is a good idea.  I'd say it's time to take the hint! Leave her alone for a while!!  If your girlfriend is asking you to stop asking her out to meet or random questions, there is a problem. The reason for a r…
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Sign of Infection Yea, you should get to the doctor to get that cleared up. Here is more from WikiAnswers contributors: That's a pretty clear sign of infection, but the good news is that your body coughing up the phlegm means it's fighting and ridding itself of the infection. Be patient, pamper…
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You usually catch one directly from someone who has one, or from contact with their respiratory droplets from sneezes or coughs. You can get catch these viruses during the brief time they are in the air as you breathe or from touching where the droplets landed after they quickly fell out of the air …
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Head Hurting When Coughing I thought it was. Until I went to the doctor for a routine checkup and found out that I had high blood pressure. The "cure" was to medicate me with a drug to lower blood pressure. Since then, my head no longer hurts when I cough. Most people don't experience symptoms fr…
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It could be candida. This can cause fermentation, especially if you too many sweets or carbs. Yogurt is good. Nystatin prescription is even better. I have had very bad back problems, the nerves affected my intestines and I couldn't digest sugar. It fermented in my stomach and created a lot of gas.B…
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the three types of viruses are injectors; which inject viral mRNA into a cell without entering the membrane, invaders; which enter the membrane and release viral mRNA next to the ribosomes, and infesters; which enter the membrane and infest the nucleus with viral DNA, then the nucleus makes viral mR…
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Eating Ice Cream When Having a Cold It may not help much. Dairy products tend to increase the presence of mucus. If you have a cold or cough, this is not the best thing to have happen. To stay hydrated and help to thin mucus, drink lots of water as opposed to milk, ice cream, or other dairy products…
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Yes you can, bronchitis is a chronic condition whereas a cold is more acute. They affect a person in different ways but a cold will often lead to an exacerbation of bronchitis as the body will be producing even more mucus, which will lead to further narrowing of the bronchi. This will mean even more…
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I suspect i am about 4-6 weeks pregnant and i have missed a period. It was due on the 18th of March and still hasn't come. The past week i have felt sluggish, got a cold, sore throat and my breasts were swollen and stinging and i have noticable blue lines over them. My backs been killing to and i h…
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Speeding Up a Cold's Passing Take zinc and vitamin C, they are both helpful to the body's immune system and will help it fight a cold better.
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A hot pad placed on your tummy will probably help.Ibuprofen works better than acetominophen.Some women find exercising helps.If none of this helps see a doctor as there are special drugs for period pains but they have to be prescribed.  chocolate isn't the only thing we need on periods to stop…
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Sore Gums With the Flu When most people get the flu they are so sick they are lucky to just keep liquids in their system. When we eat solid foods it keeps our gums toughened up, but just drinking liquids will soften them. When you are feeling better brush your teeth well. My dentist just told me …
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Yes, you can get Norovirus again because it's under the heading of "viral infection." If you follow the instructions below you should be just fine and if you don't have to go on a cruise or travel by plane then don't! Cruise ships in particular are having a bad time of controlling Norovirus not beca…
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Do you mean, 70% isoprophyl alcohol? If so, yes. First of all, viruses are not 'alive' as such, unlike bacteria. 70% denatured alcohol will reduce the potency of most viruses if left in contact for a few seconds but will not completely 'kill' the virus. Using alcohol washes and hand rubs are benef…
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Cold and Coughing at 11 weeks Pregnant No, it isn't dangerous. What you take to soothe your cough may be dangerous. Before treating yourself, check with your doctor. Typically, throat losenges are okay and over the counter Tylonol cold (again, talk to your doctor first).
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Increase In Cold SymptomsI'm obviously not a doctor, but it seems quite possible. Kinda like if you're stressed and it lowers your ability to fight off colds in the first place. I'd imagine fighting a battle on two fronts would increase your ability to get sicker, or another kind of sickness.What is…
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Can Not Mutate Together, But... The cold and flu virus cannot mutate together, but the cold virus can turn into a flu virus.
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Reasons For Rash Alot of things could have caused this. Have you changed soaps or washing powders? Also did you take any medications? You could be having and allergic reaction to the meds.
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There are no harmfiul; effects of ginger. Ginger is classified as a herb which have been widely used as traditional medicine or spice in many cultures throughout the world. Ginger is often referred to as a root, but it is actually an underground stem (called rhizome). Ginger is known to have more th…
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There are things called nipple/breast shields that are often used to draw out the nipple so an infant can latch on easier, but that's only for a short period of time.There is a newer product that can aid in pulling out flat/inverted nipples with great success. I've used these myself and they have wo…
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Drinking Alcohol Effects on Cold It depends. One or two beers or small glasses of wine won't hurt and in fact may have a slight benefit since you'll be more relaxed. More than that starts causing harm.
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Answer boil water... put it into a cup, rest your clogged ear over top of the cup. the steam from the boiled water will unclog your ear.
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Clearing Clogged Ears1.) facial steam2.) chewing & swallowing3.) babies (drink/bottle)4.) hold(pinch)nose & blow5.) hot cloth in cup hold up to ear.6.) take Advil Sinus for a few days
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Your nasal passages have no direct connection to your ovaries and uterus. In otherwords, NO they are symptoms of a cold. During pregnancy many women complain of nasal stuffiness, decreased or increased saliva and nose bleeds. This happens in many pregnancies as is fairly common in twin pregnancies a…
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PHLEGM IS...... Phlegm is a sticky material from your mucous membranes in your repiratory system. When you have a cold it might be yellowish brown. If there's an infection, it might be greenish brown. Normal phlegm is usually clear.I presume you mean: "Phlegm"?Phlegm is a liquid secreted by the m…
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The ballast may need replacement as this acts as a fuse in the system. You can momentarily jump the ballast to see if it will start. A ballast that keeps going out is sometimes caused by bad spark plug wires.Or secondary voltage jumping from coil tower to primary [ballast side] terminal.
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Answer warm Answer Actually, you expend much more energy in cold weather given the same amount of excercise. This is because it takes energy for your body to produce heat. So, the combination of excercise plus staying warm due to the cold takes more energy.
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Flu's Affect on Sperm Power No, it has no affect.
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Speeded Up Metabolism What is metabolism?...It is the sum of all biochemical processes in the body. This includes the production and maintainance of very complex organic molecules (anabolism), and the breakdown of these organic molecules (catabolism.) When the body is sick or physically stressed…
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