Sadly, there’s no cure for the common cold, but there are a few ways to speed up your recovery and lesson the symptoms associated with a cold.
The cold is an illness caused by a tiny virus. The most common one is the rhinovirus, which is thought to be responsible for at least 50% of colds. Other viruses that can cause colds include coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and parainfluenza.
Cold remedies that work
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water with lemon & honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Rest. Your body needs time to recover and heal.
- Soothe a sore throat. Try a saltwater gargle to relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
- Combat stuffiness. Use saline nasal spray to clear stuffiness and congestion.
- Relieve pain. Adults can take paracetamol and ibuprofen to treat aches and pains associated with a heavy cold.
Cold remedies that don’t work
- Antibiotics. These attack bacteria, so can’t help with a viral injection such as a cold or flu.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C won’t stop you getting a cold but it can help shorten the symptoms.
- Echinacea. Echinacea can be effective if you take it when you notice cold symptoms and continue it for seven to 10 days. Its can help speed up recovery.
- Zinc. Zinc lozenges can reduce the length of a cold, take within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold.
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Dr. Arnous is an experienced GP having completed his training scheme in Spain in 2005. He has been working in Dublin since 2014. Dr. Arnous speaks many languages fluently including English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, French and Italian. Dr. Arnous holds post-graduate degrees in laboratory management, clinical analysis, Anti-Ageing, and Aesthetic Medicine. His special interest areas are Aesthetic Medicine, Dermatology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, and ENT.