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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why would there not be a cure for the common cold even after all of these years?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Common cold: Part of the reason is that the common cold is caused by a virus. There are very few anti-viral medications. The reason for this is that a virus usually hides inside your cells and have a limited immunologic signature.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What's recommended as a cure for the common cold?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
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.
A 47-year-old member asked:

For what reasons hasn't there been a cure for the common cold after all of these years?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Many viruses: There are many, many, many viruses which can cause a cold. Viruses may mutate. Common colds are usually self limited, brief and sxs are not severe. I don't know what on-going research there is, but i suspect that there is probably a desire to provide research for conditions that threaten life or that significantly impair function.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Could there be a cure being worked on for the common cold?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John McMahan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Common Cold: There are numerous viruses involved in the "common cold" so it's a difficult task to find a "cure". They change over time as well so it's like shooting blind at a moving target.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I cure common cold?

12 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there are cures for the common cold?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Niketu Patel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
NO: 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.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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