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The Common Cold: An Inside Look

        Health | Cold & Flu

Fever and Runny Nose


Although fever is more common in bacterial infections rather than viral infections such as with colds, it can occur with other cold symptoms.

Children are much more prone to getting a high fever during a cold than adults. In either case, bringing the temperature down is one key to relief.

Try cool baths, drink plenty of fluids and get rest. Fluids also help to prevent dehydration. If the temperature exceeds 102 degrees Fahrenheit in an adult or 103 degrees Fahrenheit in a child, contact your physician immediately.

Nose, runny

None of the reported cases of inhalation anthrax began with a runny nose. So you need not immediately suspect anthrax infection. However, if in doubt, consult your healthcare provider early as inhalation anthrax can become dangerously severe within hours.

Like the productive cough, the runny nose has its advantages in getting rid of the virus causing the cold. Therefore you may want to allow it to run its course and take steps to comfort yourself through it.

One such way is to take aspirin or acetaminophen and put a warm compress on you forehead. Children should be given non-aspirin containing fever reducer such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen so as to avoid a serious, but rare complication known as Reye's syndrome. Be aware that a constant or periodic runny nose that is seasonal in nature could be a sign of an allergy and you may want to consult your physician.