There is no cure
for a cold.
Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,
treat the symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Lots of different viruses
cause colds, but the symptoms are usually the same:
Runny nose and sneezing
Sore throat and cough
Headaches and body
You will probably feel a cold come on over the course of
a couple of days. As the cold gets worse, your nose may get stuffy with thicker
A cold is not the same as the
flu (influenza). Flu symptoms are worse and come on faster. If you
have the flu, you may feel very tired. You may also have a fever and shaking
chills, lots of aches and pains, a headache, and a cough.
feel like you have a cold all the time, or if cold symptoms last more than 2
weeks, you may have allergies or sinusitis. Call your doctor.
What can you do for a cold?
Good home treatment of
a cold can help you feel better. When you get a cold:
Get extra rest. Slow down just a little from
your usual routine. You don't need to stay home in bed, but try not to expose
others to your cold.
Drink plenty of fluids. This can help soothe a sore throat and thin the mucus in your nose and lungs. Hot fluids—such as hot water, tea,
or soup with a lot of broth—help relieve a stuffy nose and head.
a humidifier in your bedroom and take hot showers to relieve a stuffy nose and
head. Saline drops may also help thick or dried mucus to drain.
If you feel mucus in the back of your throat (postnasal drip), gargle with warm water. This will
help make your throat feel better.
Use paper tissues, not
handkerchiefs. This will help keep your cold from spreading.
your nose gets red and raw, put a dab of petroleum jelly on the sore