Difficulty breathing through your nose due to mucus buildup



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Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose - everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known.  The common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting 1 to 2 weeks.  Children have about 6 to 10 colds a year.  One immportant reason why colds are so common in children is because they are often in close contact with each other in daycare centers and schools. 

Symptoms:



  • Difficulty breathing through your nose due to mucus buildup

  • Sneezing

  • Sore Throat

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Mild fever up to 102

Treatment:  There is no cure for the common cold.  Rest, plenty of fluids, gargling with warm salt water for throat irritation, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever, and over-the-counter cold medicines can ease the symptoms.

 Complications:



Colds occasionally can lead to bacterial infections that need treated with antibiotics.  High fever, significantly swollen glands, severe sinus pain, ear pain, and a cough that produces thick, colored mucus, may indicate a complication or more serious illness requiring a visit to the office.


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