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does medicating during a cold make the cold help you feel better and get rid of the cold faster?

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Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold Medicines: Cold medicines only help relieve the symptoms during the cold. The medications don't cure the cold, they relieve symptoms. Time "cures" the cold.
Answered on Aug 10, 2012

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