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Managing symptoms of common cold - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   yes
User :   i am suffering fro severe cold
Doctor :   For Health purposes please provide these: Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status,
User :   why
User :   r u there
Doctor :   pl carry on
User :   25,M,Chennai,Software Engg,Single
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs/ betel nut chewing? If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
User :   no i not have any bad habits
Doctor :   Do you have Allergies / Diabetes / Thyroid problem / High Blood pressure/Heart disease/ Asthma etc
User :   i have some work
Doctor :   k fine
Doctor :   There is no cure for the common cold but managing symptoms is the best that can be done for the cold, as there is no specific treatment. Antibiotics will not cure colds, as they are caused by viruses and not bacteria. A person with a cold should drink plenty of fluids and take rest. Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, and many are nearly as ancient. Some cold remedies
Doctor :   r u there
User :   ya
Doctor :   Water and other fluids - drinking plenty of liquids can help. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse.
Doctor :   Salt water - a saltwater gargle รข?? 1/2 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.

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