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How long does a cold type virus last in your system before it dies? does it phase out on its on or does it have to be killed?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin answered

Specializes in ADHD and Autism

Depends on virus : Most " colds" are caused by viruses and can last from a few days to weeks depending on which virus is the culprit. Most have no treatment to kill the virus and you just have to wait for it to run its course. Some viral infections like the flu have a specific treatment called tamifllu but it has to be taken within the first two days to help. Antibiotics are not helpful for viral infections.

Answered 11/9/2013

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