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how can i cure common cold?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
You can't: There is no cure for a cold. Most colds last 10 to 14 days. The best you can do is help to alleviate the symptoms with otc medications.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You can't, symptom: Relief only. 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 neti 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.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Too expensive: And complicated and it is not serious enough to cause serious complications to warrant the investment.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Too many viruses: There are too many viruses that cause it and they mutate. Be patient. Someday, there will be a cure.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Lack of vaccine: Vaccination is the most effective way of controlling infectious diseases. However, it is not feasible to produce effective vaccine against "cold, " because too many viruses are involved.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold: There are over a 100 viruses that cause the common cold. Viruses can mutate. Severity of common cold symptoms are usually not extreme and the disease is usually self- limiting. These are reasons why it wouldn't be a high priority to look for this cure.
Dr. Niketu Patel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
NO CURE: Cold is caused by a virus and the body's natural immune system will that care of it. There is no medicine that can prevent or cure a cold at this time.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No cures at this : Time. 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 neti 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.
Dr. Jon Grischkan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Virus: The body does not produce durable antibodies to this virus, that can change each time.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold: There are over a 100 viruses that cause the common cold. Viruses can mutate. Severity of common cold symptoms are usually not extreme and the disease is usually self- limiting. These are reasons why it wouldn't be a high priority to look for this cure.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No "cure": 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 neti 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not worth it: Cold symptoms result from the death of surface coverings in the nose and throat. The damage is done by the time you know you're sick, and they restore themselves quickly. The rate of healing is almost as fast as the body can do, and even if we had a way to kill the virus without danger or side-effects, it would barely speed the process.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold: There are over a 100 viruses that cause the common cold. Viruses can mutate. Severity of common cold symptoms are usually not extreme and the disease is usually self- limiting. These are reasons why it wouldn't be a high priority to look for this cure.

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You can't: There's no cure, just symptomatic treatment. Believe me, if there's every a cure for the cold, you won't need to ask a doctor on a website. It will be headline news.
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No cure needed: 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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Dr. Michael Ein
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Wait: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what i recommend. There is no curative medical treatment but wait 7 days and it will be gone.
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Dr. Michael Ein
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Wait: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what i recommend. There is no curative medical treatment but wait 7 days and it will be gone.
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Dr. Danielle Reznicsek
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
7-14 days: While a common cold cannot be "cured", it will run its course within 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics are not helpful for the common cold but there are a few supplements that have been shown to increase your body's immune response to the virus, including zinc, vitamin c, and echinacea.

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