What is the difference between child colds and adult colds?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Ronald Turner explains the difference between child colds and adult colds.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: What is the difference between child colds and adult colds?

    Ronald Turner: There is not really too much difference between colds in children and colds in adults. Children may have a little bit of fever occasionally associated with common cold symptoms. In adults, we generally recognize no fever as part of the usual common cold syndrome. So, that is may be a minor difference but in general they are the same.