Preventing and Treating the Common Cold

True to its name, the common cold is, indeed, common. Every year adults face two to three bouts Double that rate for children under two. But now a broad new review of current research has unearthed some helpful tips for the best way to both prevent, and treat, the common cold.

Pouring through 67 completed studies, researchers found that prevention help is just a faucet away, with hand washing likely the most effective means for lowering risk. Alcohol disinfectants also appear to be helpful. Among children specifically, a daily regimen of zinc supplements seemed to lower both cold frequency and the number of school days missed.
Some evidence also highlighted the potential protective benefit of probiotics.

But if the cold train has already left the station, studies indicate that antihistamines

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