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Are hand sanitizers a good option for preventing the common cold?

Are hand sanitizers a good option for preventing the common cold?

Yes: Yes, but.... Hand sanitizer use can prevent the common cold as this is caused by viral infections; however, at least one study has shown that the regular use of the hand sanitizer has resulted in increased bacterial resistance (due to the continued exposure to the sanitizer.). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more


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What are good treatments for the common cold?

What are good treatments for the common cold?

Cold tips: How to help a cold: for the sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). For congestion – saline nose drops or a netti 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. ...Read more

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Is garlic really effective for preventing and getting rid of the common cold?

Is garlic really effective for preventing and getting rid of the common cold?

Yes, possibly: A small study showed that eating 2 cloves of garlic a day or taking aged garlic extract (age) or enteric-coated, dried garlic tablets (dose: 600 to 1, 200 milligrams daily in divided doses) may prevent colds and also shorten the common cold. ...Read more

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What is the easiest and most effective home-made remedy for common cold?

What is the easiest and most effective home-made remedy for common cold?

Colds: 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. ...Read more

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Which is more effective in treating hand pain from computer use, a cold or hot treatment?

Which is more effective in treating hand pain from computer use, a cold or hot treatment?

Cold is better: Ice the area for 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off when awake is better than heat which causes more swelling. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments in the works for eczema? What is the most effective treatment other than a medicated steroid cream.

Are there any new treatments in the works for eczema?  What is the most effective treatment other than a medicated steroid cream.

Immunomodulators: Immunomodulators that work in the cellular level with the immune cells involved with eczema such as Protopic and elidel (pimecrolimus). Also moisturizers containing ceramides are new therapies. ...Read more

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for curing the common cold without using any of the modern tablets?

Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for curing the common cold without using any of the modern tablets?

NO CURE: 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. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective 'cure' or 'treatment' for a cold?

What is considered the most effective 'cure' or 'treatment' for a cold?

Heals without cure: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What home remedies and methods are useful with expediting recovery from a cold or the flu?

What home remedies and methods are useful with expediting recovery from a cold or the flu?

For colds: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Is zinc an effective treatment for the common cold?

Is zinc an effective treatment for the common cold?

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::. ...Read more

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What is the most proven and effective treatment for blackheads on your nose?

What is the most proven and effective treatment for blackheads on your nose?

Nose Blackheads: Try using an anti-acne facial wash that includes salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Many otc facial washes for acne will help. Not getting better? Go see your primary care provider or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which are the most effective detergents and laundry methods to use after having a staph infection?

Which are the most effective detergents and laundry methods to use after having a staph infection?

Hot water: The brand doesn't mean as much as it's important, for seven days, to wash in hot water, all sheets and towels, every day, for seven days dont reuse. Also use disposable razors during this time, and it helps to use antibacterial soap (sometimes prescription) lather up for 10 minutes then rinse, along with antibiotic by mouth and ointment in the nose. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any better options for flossing for people with crowded teeth? I have a small mouth, and very crowded molars, and as such, find it very, very difficult to properly floss in the back of my mouth with a traditional flossing method. Is there any ki

Are there any better options for flossing for people with crowded teeth? I have a small mouth, and very crowded molars, and as such, find it very, very difficult to properly floss in the back of my mouth with a traditional flossing method. Is there any ki

Flossing is critical: There are several floss aids that make this chore much easier, ask your dental hygienist for some tips. In cases with severe crowding and crookedness you should consider orthodontic treatment, it will give you a great smile and teeth way easier to floss and clean. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment for common cold?

What are the best treatment for common cold?

Symptomatic: 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. ...Read more

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What are a few of the most effective ways to treat a hemorrhoid at home?

What are a few of the most effective ways to treat a hemorrhoid at home?

Take care of yourself: Healthy high fibre diet , plenty of fluids , avoid constipation , if needed take stool softeners don't need rx , and local care avoid medications like tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine etc that cause constipation ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. I often use a laser to help stop the progression of the lesion if my patient presents during the prodrome phase--see your dentist early ...Read more

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What are some good remedies for the common cold?

What are some good remedies for the common cold?

Colds: 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. ...Read more

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