(HealthDay News) -- The common cold is caused by a virus, which means it shouldn't be treated with an antibiotic. But there are things you can do to feel better.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions to help calm cold symptoms:
- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Run a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier.
- Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke and air pollutants.
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Take an over-the-counter symptom reliever, such as a decongestant or nasal spray. Always carefully read and follow package instructions.
-- Diana Kohnle
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