Infectious Diseases

10 Facts About Treating the Common Cold


Antibiotics won’t help

Echinacea aids recovery, but not significantly

Vitamins and supplements not helpful

Staying hydrated helps

Make sure to rest

Practice good hygiene

Use salt water and steam

Use decongestants but not antihistamines

Slight fevers are OK

Try a humidifier in the cold months

Allison Tsai

Allison Tsai

Allison wrote for HealthCentral as an editor and producer for Allergy, Asthma, Cold & Flu, COPD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Skin Care, Skin Cancer, and Sleep Disorders.