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the common cold

Another name for a "cold"—an ordinary, mild illness characterized by congestion, sneezing, and coughing. The doctor said that I just have the common cold, not anything serious, thank goodness. If you have the common cold, you should be resting!
See also: cold, common
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The total number of common cold patients was 199, the majority being females.
if they start sucking on zinc lozenges at the very first symptom of a cold, a full-blown common cold does not manifest.
The suggested relationship between dorm ventilation rate and common cold infections among occupants could perhaps be extrapolated to other crowded public premises with lower ventilation rates, making this an important public health topic (e.
Nevertheless, given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration and severity of colds in the regular supplementation studies, and the safety and low cost of vitamin C, the researchers consider that it may be worthwhile for individual common cold patients to test whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them.
For example, you are more likely to catch a common cold if you are excessively fatigued, have emotional distress, or have allergies with nose and throat symptoms.
In the first study of zinc lozenges for common colds, published in 1984, (4) my colleagues and I showed that it was possible to shorten the duration of colds by 7 days when zinc gluconate tablets (dietary supplements sold over the counter) were slowly dissolved in the mouth every 2 wakeful hours.
The utility of vitamin C as a prophylactic agent for the common cold still remains to be established.
The common cold is spread either by direct contact with infected secretions from contaminated surfaces or by inhaling the airborne virus after individuals sneeze or cough.
Thirteen double blind placebo controlled comparisons have examined the therapeutic effect of zinc lozenges on the duration of common cold episodes of natural origin.
The common cold often strikes without warning As we rise form our bed, on a cold morning A lousy head, a stuffy nose, a husky voice An illness which is not yours by choice Go back to bed and keep yourself warm For the common cold this is the norm Without medical aid it will not go away So contact your doctor without delay Keep yourself wrapped up in protective clothes To generate your body heat from head to toes Give yourself a drink, a large hot toddy You will fell it tingle throughout your body Before you know it, you will be out and about For this is the drink, the best tonic no doubt.
The popular supplement echinacea has little effect on easing the symptoms and duration of the common cold, suggests a study in the Dec.
Striking a possible blow against some home remedies, recent studies suggested echinacea is not beneficial in treating the common cold and cranberry juice does not help stave off urinary tract infections.
Echinacea for the common cold has been assessed in hundreds of studies, including more than a dozen randomised trials and several meta-analyses.
Previously, some researchers have suggested that sleep quality may predict susceptibility to the common cold.
More recently echinacea has been hailed as both a treatment for and a way of preventing the common cold.