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Head cold

What is a head cold? Symptoms, causes, cures and when to see the doctor.

Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against the symptoms of cold and flu. Supplements like Echinaforce help increase the body’s resistance to infection by strengthening the immune system, allowing the body to fight the misery of colds and flu.


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  • Terrie's photo avatar
    Terrie — 20.07.2017 21:50
    Hi there I have had a very slight cold recently, but only had a slightly stuffy nose, I have had head aches, but more strangely very aches legs (tops of) that has now passed but now I keep getting a very ache right cheek near my mouth? Could this be connected to my cold?


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      Jen Tan — 20.07.2017 22:31
      Yes. You appear to be experiencing what is known as myalgia or simply 'muscle pain'. This symptom can affect disparate muscle groups and should resolve quickly. If it persists, please seek further help from your doctor.


  • fudge's photo avatar
    fudge — 11.06.2017 20:57 just wondering what it is i have..i have colds nowadays,its been a week,and i have also headache everyday..i am taking claritin 5 days now,i wanted to know if what is the best solution to my problem?


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      ARR — 20.09.2017 10:38
      I also experienced headaches when I started taking daily hay fever tablets. I also found I woke up 2/3 times during the night. Fortunately I wear a fitness tracker and found that I became more dehydrated whilst taking hay fever tablets. I made sure I only took hay fever tablets with food, usually with breakfast at 7am to help digestion. I also set a reminder to drink a couple of pints of water between 11-1 and 5-7 and found my heart rate lowered and sleep improved almost immediately. Some days I need to drink less depending on what else I've eaten or drank during the day - otherwise I keep going to the loo. But water did the trick for me.


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    Jill M. Holdeman — 06.06.2017 00:55
    Hello, Since May 15th or so, I have had what I thought was a normal cold. However, I can't seem to shake it. My head feels like it is swollen on the right side, my right ear feels "full" and I have trouble hearing, it's kinda like swimmer's ear. When I lay down to nap or sleep, my right eye fills with fluid and often I wake up with it sealed shut. I saw a nurse practictioner who cleaned my ears and said it should clear up when the cold leaves but that was 2 weeks ago. Are my symptoms serious?


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      Jen Tan — 06.06.2017 13:35
      Hello, I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I wonder if you have developed a sinus infection as a complication of your initial viral infection. This can affect your ears because of blockage of the drainage between the middle ear and the back of the throat - cleaning the ears will not help middle ear infections. The condition I have described is in itself not serious if treated, and I would not like you to go on too much longer without getting to the cause of your symptoms. Perhaps you should make another appointment with your doctor?


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