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how too treat a common cold?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James DuRant
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Rest, water, time: We don't have a quick fix for the cold yet. Acetaminophen and other over the counter medications will help with the symptoms though.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Symptom relief: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestionsaline 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. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Some cold basics: 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 & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ painacetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest!

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Are there complications associated with a common cold?

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Dr. Michael Amster
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Yes: A common cold is another way of saying a 'mild virus'. Viral illnesses of course can come with a number of complications, most of which have to do with the medical history, age, and luck of your child. The younger the child, the more potential for a virus to cause more inflammation and trouble breathing. Ear infections, pneumonias and sinus infections are known issues. Most however, will do fine.
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What are the causes of the common cold?

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Viruses: Common colds are caused by viruses, rhinovirus is the most common.
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What is the treatment for the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
TLC: Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure. In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wiping or gentle suction. For severe congestion (swelling inside of the nose), over-the-counter phenylephrine nose drops (0.125%-0.25%) may be used every 4 hours if feeding or sleeping are significantly affected.
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What are the symptoms of the common cold?

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Common cold: Common cold=uri (upper respiratory infection) is runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to treat the common cold?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Symptom relief: Nothing has been clearly shown to shorten the duration of colds. Treatment is directed at symptoms: lozenges for sore throat, decongestants for nasal and sinus congestion, and cough medications for cough.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
some of us still believe in chicken soup......... :), actually it does loosen phlegm...
Mar 24, 2013

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