What Doesn’t Help the Dripping and Sneezing
Ugh. Just in time for the holidays, your family starts passing around a cold. Who hasn’t been there, done that? While advice for treating colds is everywhere this time of year, here’s what won’t help cure that cold, according to the experts at The Mayo Clinic.
• Antibiotics. These destroy bacteria, but they’re no help against cold viruses. Avoid asking your doctor for antibiotics for a cold. You won’t get well any faster, and inappropriate use of antibiotics contributes to the serious and growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
• Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medications in young children. These medications may cause serious and even life-threatening side effects in children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against their use in children younger than age 2. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association has voluntarily modified consumer product labels on OTC cough and cold medicines to state “do not use” in children under 4 years of age, and many companies have stopped manufacturing these products for young children. The FDA is currently evaluating the safety of these medications in older children.
The best thing you can do when you have a cold is take care of yourself. Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
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