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how to stop common cold relapse?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
You can't: There's not much you can do to avoid colds unless you want to live in a cave or on a mountain top, away from all other people. Getting a cold twice a year is just part of being human.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill.

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Can you please tell me about the actual symptoms of the flu and how do they differ from those of a common cold?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sicker with flu: With true influenza, in addition to the runny/stuffy nose and congestion, you also get a much worse cough, chest tightness, fever is much higher and much more of headaches and body aches with influenza. While a cold is irritating and you feel under the weather, influenza makes you feel like you have been hit by a truck and run over again!
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Is there a good way to make the common cold pass?

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It passes on its own: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
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What are the causes of the symptoms of a common cold?

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Dr. David Kam answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
Cold viruses: They cause infection of epithelial cells in our respiratory tract which release chemokines and cytokines that causes the symptoms of common cold.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What works against the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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See below: Rest, fluids and a sensible diet are most effective at limiting the severity of the infection.
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What do experts consider effective ways to ease the symptoms of the common cold?

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Dr. Thomas Costello
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Rest and hydration: While not very satisfying, the old fashion advice of drink a lot of fluids and get enough rest is probably the best we have. Dietary supplements have been studied and the data is conflicting. Zinc supplementation may help as may vitamin c - however, neither has enough data for me to fully endorse them as helpful.

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