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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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