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Preventing & Treating a Cold

Learn how to prevent a cold, as well as methods of treating a cold. One such common cold treatment is over the counter cold medications.

While the only way to get rid of a cold is to wait for it to go away on its own, there are some things you can do to ease the symptoms. Common cold treatment includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, and soothing your throat. In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh discusses some over the counter cold medications that will help get you through those first few days, as well as how to prevent a cold for those who haven't yet developed cold symptoms.

Colds are caused by a virus so antibiotics don't work. What you can use are over the coutner cold medications. Some OTC medications shouldn't be used by people with pre-existing condition. For fever sore throat or headache use something mild like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your child has a cold do not use asprin. 

For runny nose or nasal confestion use an antihistamine or a decongestant. For a cough, try a basic cough syrup with a supressant and an expectorant. Cold and cough medications have not been proven to be effective for infants and young children. 

Dr. Preeti Parikh

This video features Dr. Preeti Parikh. Preeti Parikh, MD, HealthiNation's chief medical editor, is a board-certified pediatrician with special interests in preventive medicine, advocacy, and patient education.

Duration: 3:34. Last Updated On: June 1, 2014, 4:22 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr Supriya Jain, . Review date: Aug. 27, 2012
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