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Common Cold Remedies That Don't Work


Have you ever suffered a cold or the flu? Of course, you have. Now, you know that whenever that happens, the only thing you can think of getting some relief. And to do that, you would need to visit the doctor or the pharmacy.
Now, if your situation didn’t improve after getting and taking the prescribed meds, chances are you would be disappointed. But, what if you knew that there were other factors at play?
Sometimes, some of these drugs treat the symptoms of the cold and provide some relief. They do not necessarily cure them. A cold is caused by rhinoviruses acquired through direct contact with someone who's infected. 
This could take the form of a sneeze or cough from an infected person, and it could live on the skin for as long as 3 days or more. To avoid this, you may want to stay away from touching objects or items used by an infected person.
It's easy to get a cold by touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. Your best bet is to be vigilant and consistently wash your hands. Common cold however normally presents the symptoms of nasal congestion, running nose, sneezing with itchy throat, sore throat and even cough.
Kids suffering from the cold will likely cough more, feel fatigue, suffer headaches and in some instances, muscle cramps. But knowing which meds to take and which to avoid will help hasten their recovery. Here are some cold remedies that are considered ineffective.
Airborne 
According to David Schardt of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively marketed as a cold remedy. As a supposed remedy for cold, Airborne is termed as a "miracle cold buster".
There is, however, no scientific basis for its claims as a potent source of vitamins supplement for the cure of cold and health benefits. Its hype and adverts are strategically targeted at marketing a product, nothing more.
Antibiotics
It's interesting that nearly everyone suffering from cold in the U.S runs to the pharmacy to grab some antibiotics. The truth is antibiotics are merely useful in treating bacterial infections, and not viral infections -- colds are caused by viruses, not bacteria.
It is surprising to see how Americans consume antibiotics in huge amounts while trying to treat cold (little wonder there’s super-bugs now, given how frequently unnecesary antibiotics are prescribed). Consuming antibiotics unnecessarily is dangerous to your health, diminishes the proper functioning of your gut flora and increases the risk of bacterial resistance.
Instead of gulping lots of antibiotics to cure your cold, consider taking plenty of fluids as well as just getting a good rest. Your body tends to fight off infections more effectively when you’re resting than when you’re stressed.
"Homeopathic" ColdCalm
In case you didn’t know, Coldcalm contains belladonna and pulsatilla, which are two highly toxic substances. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), belladonna contains chemicals that can be toxic to the body, and interfere with the function of certain bodily processes.
While it has been in use for a very long time, multiple studies have shown that belladonna possibly does more harm than good. Besides, Boiron, the parent company that manufactures Coldcalm recently settled a class action suit for $12 million after parents sued the company for the ineffectiveness of Coldcalm as a remedy for cold in children.
It’s often better to stick to the known remedies for cold like lots of rest, lots of water and chicken soup and maybe a few menthol ointments to help with the congestion.
Surprising as it may seem, the common cold doesn't have a cure. So, if you or the kid are sick for a week or two, it doesn't imply you've got a terminal illness. You still want to remain vigilant of any long-term illness that only gets worse, high fevers and breathing difficulties. If you see the latter, in particular, you may need to visit your local Night Lite pediatric care center.
Further Reading
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/531.html
http://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/4235-boiron-children-s-coldcalm-class-action-settlement-preliminarily-approved/
http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2012/03/boiron-settles-for-12m-to-stop-homeopathy-lawsuits.html


Oscar King is a freelance writer and family man who contributes practical advice in issues affecting children and families, as well as the challenges faced by homeowners.

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