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Common Cold Treatment in Fargo

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More than 200 viruses cause the common cold, which can easily spread from person to person in the air from sneezes and coughs and close contact. The CDC reports that the rhinovirus is often responsible.

For many people, the common cold will cause only minor discomfort and often clears up within 7-10 days. However, a cold may lead to other illnesses called secondary infections. The most common types of secondary infections are ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

If you’re feeling unwell after 3-5 days, and/or your symptoms are continuing to worsen, or you have a high fever, contact Altaire Clinic, to schedule an appointment with a medical provider for a physical assessment.

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Common Cold Treatment at Altaire Clinic in Fargo

The common cold causes inflammation of the membranes that line the throat and nose. The cold is often spread through airborne droplets that are sneezed or coughed by someone with the virus. These droplets are inhaled by anyone in the immediate area. Colds can also be spread when a person with the virus covers their cough or sneeze and touches a surface without washing their hands.

The majority of colds are diagnosed based on symptoms. Some people have a difficult time determining if they have a cold, since they may experience flu-like symptoms. The symptoms of a cold are also similar to allergy symptoms and bacterial infections. If your symptoms are severe, or seem to be getting worse, always consult your medical provider for a diagnosis.

Signs of the common cold can include:

  • Throat pain/scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever

Unfortunately, there’s no cure or medication available that can shorten the duration of the common cold. However, following the recommended treatment of your medical provider can help ease your symptoms.

In many cases, your medical provider will recommend over-the-counter medications, such as cough suppressants, decongestants, antihistamines, acetaminophen, and other effective medicines that can provide relief.

You must also rest, increase fluids, wash your hands often, and limit exposure to other people. If you’re congested, your medical provider may recommend using a humidifier for relief.

Antibiotics do not work to treat the common cold since colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics treat bacterial infections only. Antibiotics may be prescribed if you’re diagnosed with a secondary infection, such as pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, or bronchitis.

At Altaire Clinic we provide professional treatment for patients suffering common cold symptoms and symptoms of a secondary infection.

With professional treatment, we can provide:

  • Prompt medical treatment
  • Customized treatment
  • Health evaluation and physical exam
  • Determine whether you have a cold, a secondary infection, the flu, or another illness
  • Provide long-lasting, effective symptom relief
  • Continued support, advice, and guidance throughout the treatment process

During the winter, people may believe that they only have the common cold, when in fact they have a more serious illness. If you believe you have a cold, but your symptoms continue to worsen, you need to seek treatment from the medical providers at Altaire Clinic.

Risk Factors. Living with Common Cold

A cold can cause a wide range of symptoms that can impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, can cause extreme fatigue, and may make it difficult to concentrate. Most people will recognize the symptoms of a cold and treat their symptoms appropriately. But there are some symptoms that are cause for concern, such as:

  • A fever that lasts up to three days or a fever that is above 104 degree
  • A severe sore throat that lasts up to five days and is accompanied by other cold symptoms
  • Congestion and nasal discharge for up to two weeks
  • Cough for longer than two weeks
  • Ear discharge or earache
  • Sinus pain that’s not relieved by a nasal wash
  • Eye discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Rapid breathing or trouble breathing

If you're experiencing severe symptoms, you may have another type of viral infection, a respiratory tract infection, acute ear infection, or another underlying health issue. Contact your medical provider as soon as possible if you're experiencing any of the symptoms above.

Can a Cold be Cured?

There is no cure for the common cold. However, your medical provider can recommend treatments and over the counter cold medications and supplements that can provide relief from symptoms, soothe coughs in adults and open the nasal passages.

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What to Expect at Your Visit

Most people will not visit their medical provider if they have a common cold. Severe colds may require medical attention. At Altaire Clinic, when you meet with your medical provider, they will make a diagnosis based on your exam and symptoms. They may take a throat culture to rule out strep throat. If they identify a secondary infection, they will prescribe the appropriate medication and help you schedule a follow up appointment.

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Cost of Treatment / Insurance

Most insurance providers will cover all or part of the cost for this type of visit.
Below is a list of the accepted insurance providers at Altaire Clinic.

  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MN
  • BCBS of ND
  • Cigna
  • Health Partners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • ND Medicaid
  • Preferred One
  • Sanford
  • Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
  • United Health Care
  • VA PC3 (Optum)

If you do not see your insurance provider above, contact us to learn if we accept your insurance.


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Make an Appointment

If you or a family member are experiencing signs of the common cold, the symptoms worsen, or you’re struggling to find relief, be sure to act and schedule an appointment with your medical provider at Altaire Clinic as soon as possible. By meeting with us, you can receive the high-quality care you need to get well and speed up the recovery process. Contact us today at (701) 356-5503, or book an appointment online.

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Common Questions About Cold Treatments

What is the Fastest Way to Treat a Cold?

Sleep as much as possible, Soothe a sore throat by gargling with warm saltwater, Use a humidifier to combat congestion, Sip warm liquids, such as warm apple juice, Add honey to tea to soothe a cough and sore throat, Take any medication prescribed by your medical provider, Schedule a follow up appointment

How Long Does a Common Cold Last?

For the average person, a cold often lasts 7-10 days. People who smoke may experience cold symptoms longer.

What are the Worst Days of a Cold?

The active peak of a cold typically occurs during days four to seven. This is when the intensity of the cold symptoms peak.

How Do You Treat Colds in Children?

How you treat a cold in children is much different than adult care. Never give medications to children without first speaking with their medical provider. Their medical provider can recommend safe cough medications, saline nasal rinses, sore throat sprays, and other cold medications, based on their age.

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We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.