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What are considered the most effective cold remedies?

What are considered the most effective cold remedies?

Depends: There is no cure for the common cold. However, some things can ease the symptoms while time is ultimately the healer. I recommend for my patients, tylenol or ibuprofen, sudafed if there is no contraindication, nasal saline spray or sinus rinses, and drinking plenty of fluids. Soups can help! ...Read more

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Do cold remedies really shorten the length of a cold?

Do cold remedies really shorten the length of a cold?

Not really. : What we commonly call a cold is usually a viral infection that is self-limited, i.e., it will resolve itself without causing lasting harm. There is no cold remedy that is available otc or approved for prescribing that will shorten the cold. No folk remedies will do that either - though many folk remedies may be worth it as they reduce discomfort due to cold symptoms. Hope u feel better soon. ...Read more

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What are some good home cold remedies?

What are some good home cold remedies?

Tips for colds: 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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What cold medicine can my two-year-old take? Should I give them half the adult dosage?

What cold medicine can my two-year-old take? Should I give them half the adult dosage?

None: The best thing you can do is assure hydration with proper fluids, run a vaporizer or humidifier and keep the kids nose cleaned out with nasal saline. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help if they get grumpy.Cold meds do little and often sedate the kids. ...Read more

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What are good OTC cold remedies that don't have tylenol?

What are good OTC cold remedies that don't have tylenol?

Viral Illness: There are no 'cold' remedies other than time and rest. There is a billion dollar industry trying to sell you products for symptomatic relief but they do not in any way shorten the time of your viral illness. Rest, more rest, and hydration are the key to feeling better. ...Read more

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Which natural cold remedies are safe while breastfeeding?

Which natural cold remedies are safe while breastfeeding?

Little gets in milk: Over-the-counter natural cold remedies have ingredients that may get into breastmilk in very small amounts. So, a breastfeeding baby should not experience any changes in behavior. The cold remedies can include teas such as lemon, honey, or chamomile teas. Some adults use lozenges such as menthol, zinc, or vitamin c. However, natural "cold remedies" may or may not decrease cold symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there natural cold remedies for a nursing mother?

Are there natural cold remedies for a nursing mother?

Rest, rest, rest: Not that you can get much rest while being a nursing mother, but i would take advantage of any available moment to sleep. I would also recommend tons of fluids and healthy foods. While their are no medications i generally recommend for colds, honey can help with a cough and warm drinks to soothe yourself. ...Read more

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I am on a 1200 calorie diet via my doctors orders. Would cold remedies/cough drops come out of my calories for the day?

I am on a 1200 calorie diet via my doctors orders. Would cold remedies/cough drops come out of my calories for the day?

Yes: Every calorie counts- cough drops containing sugar- taken in excess certainly add up. The sugar and possible alcohol in cold remedies would also add up depending on how much you took. I think it would be negligible calories if you took less than 5 cough drops a day. ...Read more

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Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

NEED SOME PATIENCE:: If honey and natural stuffs not helping, then check with his pediatrician. Some cough is good because it is a natural defense mechanism to clear the upper airway, sinuses and lower respiratory tract. If cough is prolonged, interferes eating, sleeping, then further evaluation needed to rule out asthma, allergy, sinus issue. Otc cough meds has a lot of side effects, not good for kids. ...Read more

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Best cold remedy?

Best cold remedy?

Tincture of time!: Millions have colds yearly. It is due to rhinoviruses and others. There is no cure. Rest, humidification, fluids, proper nutrution (chicken soup), fever control, vitamn c, perhaps an antihistamine to dry one up or perhaps a decongestant to open one up may be used. But usually observation, fluids and rest are all that is needed. Cover the coughs, nose and wash the hands. Stay at home! ...Read more

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