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The common cold (viral upper respiratory tract infection) is a contagious illness that may be caused by various viruses. Symptoms include a stuffy nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and maybe a fever. Antibiotics have no effect upon the common cold, and there is no evidence that zinc and vitamin C are effective treatments.

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      • Tonsillitis and adenoid infection facts
      • What are the tonsils and adenoids?
      • What is the purpose of the tonsils and adenoids?
      • What are the symptoms of tonsillitis or an adenoid infection?
      • What does tonsillitis look like?
      • Can someone catch tonsillitis from another person?
      • What are common problems affecting the tonsils and adenoids?
      • How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection diagnosed?
      • How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection treated?
      • What home remedies help soothe tonsillitis?
      • When should the tonsils and/or adenoids be removed?
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      • Chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip facts
      • Where are the sinuses, and what do they look like?
      • What are rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
      • What causes rhinitis?
      • Is rhinitis always related to allergies?
      • What conditions cause an abnormal production of nasal secretions?
      • What conditions cause an impaired clearance of nasal secretions?
      • How can chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip be treated?
      • What medications can be used to treat rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
      • What can be used to treat non-allergic rhinitis?
      • Does salt water or nasal irrigation have any role in the treatment of rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
      • What are other options for the treatment of rhinitis and post-nasal drip?

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