What is the best medication for the common cold

What is the best medication for the common cold

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 When you catch the common cold, remember that the duration and intensity of the symptoms depend on how quickly you start treating the viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. There are many medications for the common cold in pharmacies – lozenges, syrups or sachets for preparing warm drinks. Do you know what is the best medication to quickly help you fight the malady?

Combined products to alleviate the symptoms of the infection are especially recommended in treating the common cold. The combined products usually consist of:
paracetamol – a painkiller and an anti-fever medication,
anti-allergic ingredients (chlorpheniramine, triprolidine, pheniramine) – relieves allergic symptoms (sneezing and lachrymation of the eyes),
pseudoephedrine – constricts the fine blood vessels of the nasal mucous membrane, decreases the congestion and swelling of the mucous membrane,
vitamin C – supplements deficiencies of this vitamin in the body, shortens the duration of the infection.

You may also use acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) for the common cold.
It has an anti-inflammatory and a painkilling effect. Remember that aspirin is not recommended for children below 12 years of age, due to the risk of damage to the liver (Reye's syndrome). If you suffer from asthma, peptic ulcers or are pregnant - don’t use aspirin.
As an additional method use easily digestible sparkling calcium. Calcium favourably affects the permeability of blood vessels. As a result, it inhibits the formation of exudation, reduces the swelling of the nasal mucous membrane and prevents bacteria from penetrating the blood. You may also try natural medications such as garlic, ginger, honey, onion syrup.

Remember not to use antibiotics in order to treat the common cold as they are ineffective in treating viral infections of the upper respiratory tract.
One of the best treatment methods are sleep and rest in warmth. When you go to work while suffering from the common cold, you expose yourself to the risk of a longer course of the disease and can infect your colleagues.

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