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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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  • 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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    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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    Bylee — 18.05.2017 10:28
    I have been congested for three days now and my nose gets runny sometimes. But when Iblew my nose, there was a popping sound in my left ear and I felt dizzy and vertigo. My ear is ringing for ten minutes now? Am I going deaf


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      Jen Tan — 18.05.2017 17:47
      Nasal congestion can affect the tube that runs between your ear and the back of your throat and this can lead to the symptoms you describe. Sometimes, there can be temporary deafness as the pressure builds up in the ear, but this will settle once pressure equalises and your ears 'pop'. To treat the root cause, I would suggest you use a nasal decongestant such as Sinuforce.


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