Do You Know How to Treat the Common Cold?

Allison Tsai | Oct 23, 2012

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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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    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.

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    Eating chicken soup aids recovery

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.