Never use antibiotics to treat cold

Never use antibiotics to treat cold

Normally every person catches a cold on an average of two to four times a year. A cold is a transmissible viral disease that infects the mucous membrane of the nose.

Symptoms of cold include sore throat, pain on swallowing, sneezing, runny and blocked nose, a dull, aching feeling in the ears, headache, coughing and sometimes even fever.

Since a cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used. Doctors recommend you drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, water being the best option.

  • Sleep with your head on a high pillow.
  • Avoid smoking – it irritates the mucous membrane of the nose.
  • Steam inhalations provide great relief. Sit with your head over a bowl of hot
  • Nasal decongestants available at the local chemist may also ease breathing.
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