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How can I fight a common cold?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't fight-- rest!

Common colds are inevitable and most people get a few every year. Despite multiple attempts to find a good prevention, none of the many over the counter remedies really do much to prevent them. Handwashing and avoiding those who are sick helps though.
Once you have a cold treat the symptoms to make yourself as comfy as possible and rest and take care of your self. You will get better in 5-7 days.

In brief: Don't fight-- rest!

Common colds are inevitable and most people get a few every year. Despite multiple attempts to find a good prevention, none of the many over the counter remedies really do much to prevent them. Handwashing and avoiding those who are sick helps though.
Once you have a cold treat the symptoms to make yourself as comfy as possible and rest and take care of your self. You will get better in 5-7 days.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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