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How Can I Fight A Common Cold
Rest warm & humid: The common cold is self-limited, and is effectively dealt with by your own immune system, and it usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. In order for your immune system to work efficiently, you will need adequate rest and sleep. Cold viruses thrive in low humidity and cold temperatures. They can't survive at high temp and high humidity. You should keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, and try a humidifier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline 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/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.
Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neither.: Famciclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles; a rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past). It is also used to treat repeat outbreaks of herpes virus cold sores or fever blisters & genital herpes. It doesn't cure herpes infections and may not stop the spread of herpes virus to other people. ...Read more
Why is a person with autoimmune more susceptible to the common cold? An overactive immune system should fight it off?
Good question: Ironically people with autoimmune diseases have an immune system that is reved up against normal parts of the body yet also is not efficient at fighting infections such as viruses that cause the common cold. Also many patients are on medications that suppress the normal immune response to infections such as prednisone, methotrexate, enbrel, humira, or remicade. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinically diagnosed: Your doctor will make the diagnosis of a common cold based on your signs and symptoms by performing a history taking and a physical exam. The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, or headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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