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what's the fastes way to get rid of the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Coldeze: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so otherwise nothing else will shorten it. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better and make it seem to pass more quickly. 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.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sx control: 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.
Answered on May 30, 2015

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