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Colds (cont.)

Cold Diagnosis

Symptoms and a physical examination are all the doctor needs to diagnose the common cold. An initial diagnosis often is made from symptoms alone.

  • Usually, no blood tests or X-rays are necessary.
  • During the physical examination, the doctor will pay careful attention to the head, neck, and chest.
  • The doctor will examine the eyes, ears, throat, and chest to help determine if a bacterial source is causing the illness.

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The common cold is an acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) characterized by mild coryzal symptoms, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, and sneezing.

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