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A 32-year-old member asked:

need advice on what is the the key to avoiding cold and flu germs during winter?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Prevention: Prevention- stay away from people who are ill. Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly. Don’t touch your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands unless they are clean.

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Should I be concerned that my daughter is getting colds repeatedly?

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Yes: Several issues of concern will need to be addressed; age of your child, environmental exposures to include daycare attendance and secondary smoke, growth and development, and your child's ability to ward off infections. A visit with your pcp will allow a thorough assessment to determine the cause and consequently the appropriate management to promote your child's health.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does echinacea work against the common cold?

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does zinc work against the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
No: There are several studies that clearly show that zinc is not helpful in the treatment of the common cold (although one recent study slightly points otherwise). Additionally zinc can be poorly tolerated in tablet or lozenge form causing nausea. A nasal spray form of zinc, sold as zicam, has actually been shown to permenantly damage the sense of smell. Do not use zinc as treatment for colds.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

Is malaria a serious illness, or is it like the common cold?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Very serious: Malaria is a potentially fatal infection with a parasite that is transmitted by mosquito bite. It can cause fever, anemia, brain swelling, lung injury and death. It is responsible for 1 million deaths a year, mostly in underdeveloped countries. This is tragic since it is treatable with support and medicine active against the parasite. It is preventable with measures to control mosquitoes.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is zinc an effective treatment for the common cold?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Maybe but ...: When you take zinc tablets/syrup for a cold, you may be sick for a shorter period of time and your cold symptoms may not be so severe. Sounds good, right? Only problem - side effects. Some folks hate the taste. Other folks get sick stomachs from it. Don't use the zinc nasal spray, which can cause permanent loss of smell. ::passes you the chicken soup and kleenex::.

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