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Ginseng for Gesundheit? Latest Study on Colds

Benefits Reported in Study Funded by Ginseng Maker; Results Debated

Preventing, Coping With Colds

Expect researchers to kick this topic back and forth. Meanwhile, here are some tips from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on avoiding the common cold:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid being close to people with colds.
  • Try not to touch your eyes or nose. Your hands may have picked up cold germs.
  • Know that cold germs can settle on surfaces such as telephones, stair rails, and door handles.

Already sniffling and sneezing? Rest in bed and drink plenty of fluids, the NIAID recommends. Those low-tech solutions may have to do until a certain cure is found.

Over-the-counter remedies may ease symptoms, but they won't necessarily prevent or shorten colds, and some may cause drowsiness, insomnia, or upset stomachs, notes the NIAID.

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