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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood from a nostril is a sign; it is apparent to the patient, physician, and others. Anxiety, low back pain, and fatigue are all symptoms; only the patient can perceive them.

Has a cold got you down? The medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

How does a cold start?
It usually begins with a sore throat or sneezing, and before you know it, you’ve also got these symptoms:

Runny nose (clear and watery)
Sneezing
Fatigue
Cough

You usually don’t get a fever with a cold. If you do, it may be a sign you’ve got the flu or an infection with a bacteria.

What is the first sign of a cold?

The first sign of a cold is usually a sore or irritated throat and is typically followed by early symptoms such as a headache, chilliness or lethargy. These develop quickly and can last one to two days. During the first few days, your nose may also start to run.

How long does a cold last for?

Cold symptoms usually start 2 or 3 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. People with colds are most contagious for the first 3 or 4 days after the symptoms begin and can be contagious for up to 3 weeks. Although some colds can linger for as long as 2 weeks, most clear up within a week.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

How does a cold start?

This can happen by direct physical contact with someone who has a cold, or by touching a surface contaminated with their germs and then touching your nose or mouth. You can also catch it from infected droplets in the air released by a sneeze or a cough.

How do you know you re getting a cold?

Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:

1. Runny or stuffy nose
2. Sore throat
3. Cough
4. Congestion
5. Slight body aches or a mild headache
6. Sneezing
7. Low-grade fever
8. Generally feeling unwell (malaise)


Got a scratchy, sore throat? Not able to swallow? The medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.

Strep throat (streptococcal infection), a less common type of sore throat caused by bacteria, requires treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications. Other less common causes of sore throat might require more complex treatment.

What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

Symptoms of a sore throat can vary depending on the cause. Signs and symptoms might include:

Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
Difficulty swallowing
Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw
Swollen, red tonsils
White patches or pus on your tonsils
Hoarse or muffled voice

How is a sore throat caused?

Sore throats can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Viral sore throats are often accompanied by other cold symptoms that may include a runny nose, cough, red or watery eyes, and sneezing. Other causes of sore throat include smoking, pollution or irritants in the air, allergies, and dry air.

How long does it take a sore throat to heal?

Viral pharyngitis often goes away in five to seven days. If you have bacterial pharyngitis, you will feel better after you have taken antibiotics for two to three days. You must take your antibiotic even when you are feeling better. If you don’t take all of it, your sore throat could come back.

Why does it hurt to swallow?

Sore throats caused by a bacterial infection—like strep throat or tonsillitis—can be severe. What you will have is a sore throat that starts quickly and can cause a whole lot of pain while swallowing. You may also have bad breath, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in your neck.

Is sore throat contagious?

Yes, pharyngitis (viral and bacterial) is contagious and can be transmitted from one person to another. Usually, mucus, nasal discharge and saliva can contain the viruses and/or bacteria that can cause sore throat . Consequently, even kissing can cause transfer of these organisms.

What is the first sign of strep throat?

Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include: Throat pain that usually comes on quickly. Painful swallowing. Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus.

When should you go to the doctor for a sore throat?

In most cases, your sore throat will improve with at-home treatment. However, it’s time to see your doctor if a severe sore throat and a fever over 101 degrees lasts longer than one to two days; you have difficulty sleeping because your throat is blocked by swollen tonsils or adenoids; or a red rash appears.


If you find yourself feeling nauseous, the medical professionals at Doctor’s Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

What is nausea?

Nausea is an unpleasant sensation of discomfort or unease in the stomach (queasy stomach), accompanied by an urge to vomit. Nausea often precedes vomiting.

What does it mean when you feel nausea?

Nausea is a common symptom that may accompany many diseases and conditions. Common causes of nausea include drug side effects, food poisoning, motion sickness, pregnancy, and drinking too much alcohol. Nausea is often accompanied by symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea.

How do I stop feeling nauseous?

If you are already feeling nauseated, these tips may help you avoid vomiting:

1. Sit down or lie in a propped-up position. Physical activity will make you feel worse.
2. Drink a small amount of a sweet beverage such as ginger ale or Gatorade. …
3. Have a popsicle or a similar sweetened ice treat.

Can stress and anxiety cause nausea?

Since acute or chronic stress, fear, and anxiety can cause the body to function abnormally, they can cause a number of stomach and intestinal distresses including nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, “lump in the stomach,” constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and general stomach malaise, to name a few.

Why do I feel nauseous and dizzy?

Causes of dizziness. Common causes of dizziness include a migraine, medications, and alcohol. It can also be caused by a problem in the inner ear, where balance is regulated. The most common cause of vertigo and vertigo-related dizziness is benign positional vertigo (BPV).

What are the main causes of nausea?

Common causes of nausea are described below:

– Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
– Infection or virus
– Medications
– Motion sickness and seasickness
– Diet
– Pain
– Ulcer


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