Patient discussion about cold

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Q. what vitamins are recommended for treating cold?

and what is the right amount of it ?
AActually, although studied in trials, vitamins C, E and zinc wasn't found to have a substantial effect either preventing or relieving the symptoms of common cold, so currently these vitamins can't be recommended for the treatment of common cold.

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Q. I think I caught a cold :(

My throat is sore, and I keep snivel all the time. Is there anything I can do to in order to relieve the bad feeling?
A1Go to a GOOD health food store and buy Oil of Oregano capsules; take one a day. Also get Source, "Welness Formula". Take as directed, 3, every 3 hours. Drink LOTS and LOTS of water! NO Dairy and no sugar! You'll be fine in a day! :)
A2Thanks guys for supporting!! you're wonderful.
I rest at home during the weekend, and now I feel much better.
A3great answer mystic. I agree with you.

Q. Do Antibiotics cure a cold?

I have a cold and a runny nose, should I take Antibiotics?
A1Taking antbiotics when you only have a cold can harm your chances of the effectiveness of using antibiotics when you have a severe problem. Your body can build up an immunity to antibiotics so it is only recommended to take them when your immune system can't fight off the infections. Most of the time, a cold just needs to run it's course , so drinking plenty of fluids and resting can allow your body to rejuvinate and fight the cold. To help prevent colds and viruses, look for products that help to maintain a good immune system like vitamin C. Aloe juice is another good product for your immune system. When we deal with stress and don't get enough rest, we cause havoc on our immune system, so prevention can be the best thing to do. Wishing you well!
A2You should only take Antibiotics if they have been prescribes by your Doctor. Antibiotics do not treat colds. For a cold you can take over-the-counter pain or cold medicines. Or better yet, just rest and eat chicken soup.
A3Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infections. They do not cure infections caused by viruses, such as: colds, the flu, most coughs and bronchitis or sore throats, unless caused by strep.

Q. what is the best way to treat cold ?

ATreat it's symptoms. Since the common cold is caused mainly by viruses, and is usually a self-limiting disease, there's usually no role for specific treatment. Analgesics, antipyretics and anticongestants usually do the job. Some of these are OTC and some require prescription. Remember to consult a doctor before taking any drug.

And of course the best treatment is prevention: wash your hands after touching coming in contact with sick person, before touching your eyes, eating, after sneezing or coughing etc.

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Q. Are cold sores contagious?

My boyfriend has cold sores on his mouth. Can I catch it from him? If so, how can I prevent catching it?
A1Cold sores contain the HSV-1 virus, which is the herpes simplex virus . While your boyfriend has cold sores, he should wash his hands often, especially after touching his face. He shouldn't share cups and eating utensils with others since he is very contagious. You should not kiss him or touch the cold sores either, in order not to be infected.
A2The virus that causes cold sores is known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV, type I and type II. Cold sores are usually caused by type I. Herpes simplex infections are contagious. You can catch the virus by kissing your boyfriend or having other close contact with his sores or even from having contact with other parts of his skin that appear normal but are in fact shedding the virus. People are most contagious when they have active blister-like sores. Once the blisters have dried and crusted over (within a few days), the risk of contagion is significantly lessened. Therefore, it is best that you don't come in physical contact while he has the cold sores, since he is contagious. However, a person infected with HSV can pass it on to another person even when a cold sore is not present. This is because the virus is sometimes shed in saliva even when sores are not present.

Q. Common cold but dreadful.

I am suffering from a dreadful common cold. As I write: believe me, I long to have done with it. I am not enjoying it in the least. I fear however that I am already too old to see the day when the common cold becomes history. I tried the simple first aid tablets but no use. Could you use this session to help me out?
A1chicken soup :) the best cure!
you can try fresh ginger tea - it really make it easier..opens up the sinuses, drys up the mucous.
A2Common cold,the body natural process of adapting to climate change, i don't take any jabs,unfortunately.its individuals own body ,and the owners lack of looking after its body that causes other problems and our own pollution ,which has brought on different strains ie., all man made variants of the flu strain.


Athe common cold is caused by a Rhino virus or Corona virus. there's not much to do with those guys. only taking care of the symptoms and watch out of the complications (sinusitis and other secondary bacteria infections). what always work for me is 3 days at home drinking a lot of tea eating chicken soup and t.v. cables ;)
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