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Health Tip: If You Have a Cold

Health Tip: If You Have a Cold

01/11/13

(HealthDay News) -- The common cold is caused by a virus, which means it shouldn't be treated with an antibiotic. But there are things you can do to feel better.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions to help calm cold symptoms:

  • Drink a lot of fluids.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Run a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier.
  • Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke and air pollutants.
  • Use an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Take an over-the-counter symptom reliever, such as a decongestant or nasal spray. Always carefully read and follow package instructions.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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