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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!
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Even though there is strong evidence that properly formulated zinc acetate lozenges can increase the rate of recovery from the common cold by 3 fold, many zinc lozenges on the market appear to have either too low doses of zinc or they contain substances that bind zinc ions, such as citric acid.
And because we take them everywhere, our smartphones can help alert us to our likelihood of exposure to the common cold.
The effect of zinc lozenges was not modified by allergy status, smoking baseline severity of the common cold, age, sex, or ethnic group.
In this month's issue, we feature an in-depth article by the pioneer of zinc lozenges in the prevention and treatment of the common cold.
Shared office space and the risk of the common cold.
Use soap The authors wrote: "When it came to preventing the common cold, things like vitamin C had small effects.
The common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract which primarily affects the nose.
If you aren't cautious about hand washing, you can spread the common cold to family, friends, co-workers, and people you've never met at a restaurant or supermarket.
A study carried out by clinical trials expert, Synexus, is currently running an assessment into a new treatment that may help ease the symptoms associated with the common cold.
Both the authors of your article and the Cochrane reviewers generalized too far, apparently forgetting that all the common cold treatment studies used zinc lozenges that dissolved slowly in the mouth, rather than (swallowed) zinc tablets or syrups.
3 All 21 placebo-controlled studies published between the years 1970-1995 on the subject have either reported a decrease in the severity of symptoms or in the duration of the common cold episodes with the use of vitamin C.
Patients with stuffed nose and a hacking cough are crowding clinics and doctors are advising people to stay at home as the common cold is very contagious.
The poll found 53% of parents believe flu can be passed on because of poor hand hygiene while 57% knew the common cold could be transmitted this way.
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.