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common Cold


Cold, common, viral infection of the mucous membrane of the nose and throat, marked by discharge of mucus, sneezing, and watering of the eyes. More than 100 specific viruses have been identified as causes of the common cold. There is no known cure, but symptoms can be treated. Drinking fluids prevents dehydration. Pain relievers can lower fever. Decongestants may shrink mucous membranes.

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