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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there anyway to prevent yourself from getting a head cold?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
No: If you are exposed to the virus you are unlikely to be able to prevent getting the head cold, but can minimize your exposure by not touching people or being around people with colds, washing your hands if you have touched them or surfaces which may have had the virus deposited on them, although most viruses die fairly quickly on inanimate objects.
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
A few practical item: Handwashing is the best method. Avoid ill contacts. Don't put your hand in your mouth or eyes.
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A 49-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of a head cold?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Can tx symptoms but: It runs it's course. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestionsaline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ painAcetaminophen / nsaid’s.
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