Treatment Options for the Common Cold

Monday, June 24th, 2013, 8:06 pm

You’ve likely experienced it before – a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat – all symptoms of the common cold.  It’s estimated that Americans suffer from roughly one billion colds annually, averaging two to four colds a year.  Despite the incredibly widespread nature of these colds, many are unaware of what causes them, and what the available treatment options are.

There are over 100 viruses that can cause the common cold, the most prevalent being the Rhinovirus.  These virus can be easily transmitted through close contact, or through the air.  Defined as a viral infection in the upper respiratory tract, the common cold can cause a number of different symptoms depending on the virus.  Most patients experience fever, a stuffy or runny nose, cough, congestion, and more, which usually lasts for a week or two.  While the common cold is typically harmless, the symptoms leave many patients wondering what treatment options are available.

Top Treatment Options for the Common Cold

Despite the prevalence of the common cold, there is currently no cure.  There are, however, some treatment options designed to help ease the symptoms.  As outlined by the Mayo Clinic, here are the top 3 treatment options for the common cold.

  1. Pain relievers. Mild pain relievers like acetaminophen can help ease some common cold symptoms, like headache, sore throat, and fever.  It’s important to talk to a doctor before taking these medications, however, as any kind of pain reliever should not be taken too frequently or in excess.
  2. Nasal decongestants. Nasal sprays can be an effective way to help clear some of the congestion brought on by the common cold.  Much like pain relievers, prolonged use is not recommended.
  3. Cough syrup. While they shouldn’t be used for young children, cough syrups can prove helpful in suppressing common cold symptoms.

In addition to these medications, there are some lifestyle changes and home remedies that can help get you back on your feet more quickly.  It’s recommended that patients drink lots of fluids, and rest whenever possible.  While all of these remedies can prove to be helpful, all patients are encouraged to speak to their doctor for the most accurate treatment.

Board Certified Physician in Astoria

If you’re suffering from a cold and want to learn more about your treatment options, contact us today and schedule an appointment.  Our offices are located in Astoria, and we can be reached at (718) 204-7550.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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