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Head cold virus spreads, brings long-lasting symptoms

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If the holidays brought you a nasty head cold, you aren't the only one. Doctors say they've been seeing an increase of people coming in with a virus that causes cold and flu-like symptoms.

Arlene Gavitt has been dealing with the virus for several days. "If you get up in a hurry, you're going to be dizzy. There's nothing you can do," she said. "It just keeps dripping and you spill your nose and nothing comes out, and it's driving you nuts."

Urgent Cares of America Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mel Lee says the virus is like a cold. "It causes upper respiratory problems. You're going to get cough and stuffy nose," he said. "You usually don't get much of a temperature, but you can get a temperature up to 102."

Lee says the virus tends to last longer than usual. "Usually it lasts seven to 10 days, but sometimes it's going to last a few weeks," Lee said. "In fact, I had it myself, and it lasted for a month and a half."

Lee says if it lasts more than 10 days, you get a high fever, or have breathing problems, get checked out. Patients can develop pneumonia or a sinus infection on top of it.

Lee says since its a virus, there's no pill to treat it. "Unfortunately you just have to treat it symptomatically, lots of fluids, rest, eat well," he said. "You can take decongestant, and that will help with some of the congestion."

Urgent Care doctors say they started noticing the virus about a month before Christmas.

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