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How can I fight a common cold?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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How can you fight a common cold?

How can you fight a common cold?

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

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What is the easiest way to fight a common cold by using natural remedies?

What is the easiest way to fight a common cold by using natural remedies?

There is none: There is no known proven natural remedy or medicine for that matter, that is a cure for a common cold.It should only be that easy! ...Read more

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Can using zinc fight off a common cold?

Can using zinc fight off a common cold?

Yes: Buy Zicam tablets and start taking them according to the directions as soon as cold symptoms start. ...Read more

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Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

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

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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 more

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Why is a person with autoimmune more susceptible to the common cold? An overactive immune system should fight it off?

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 (infliximab). ...Read more

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Duration of common cold ?

5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...Read more

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How can I cure common cold?

How can I cure common cold?

You can't, symptom: Relief only. 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 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 causes the common cold?

What causes the common cold?

Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good. ...Read more