Do You Know How to Treat the Common Cold?

Allison Tsai | Oct 23rd 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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You should take antibiotics when you have a sore throat just in case it’s strep.
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When you have a sore throat, you should not automatically take antibiotics, as sore throats from a cold are caused by a virus not bacteria. Misuse of antibiotics leads antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is becoming a bigger problem. Get a strep test if you think you might have strep throat.

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  1. You should take antibiotics when you have a sore throat just in case it’s strep.

    Correct Answer: False

    When you have a sore throat, you should not automatically take antibiotics, as sore throats from a cold are caused by a virus not bacteria. Misuse of antibiotics leads antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is becoming a bigger problem. Get a strep test if you think you might have strep throat.

  2. Eating chicken soup aids recov

    Correct Answer: True

    Studies have shown that chicken soup actually helps stop inflammation and moves mucus. It can also stave off dehydration due to its high water content.

  3. Working through a cold will help you get over it faster.

    Correct Answer: False

    Getting rest while you are sick is very important for your immune system. This helps your body fight off the virus more quickly.

  4. Washing hands frequently and covering your mouth when you sneeze will stop the spread of a cold.

    Correct Answer: True

    These techniques will help stop the spread of a cold. Also, if you do not want to get a cold, try to stand at least six feet away from someone who has one.

  5. Always take a painkiller when you have a slight fever.

    Correct Answer: False

    It’s OK to take a painkiller when you have a high fever, but a slight fever can actually help you fight off a virus. When the body temperature rises, it makes it harder for viruses and bacteria to reproduce.