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The common cold is caused by a virus, which does not justify using antibiotics (fight bacterial infections) to treat the illness, if anything the patient runs the risk of developing side effects to the medication. Initially colds should be treated symptomatically with drugs (i.e. decongestants) and remedies to reduce aches, pains, fever, runny nose and sore throat. Antibiotics can be considered later in the course of illness if the symptoms do not improve or if there is purulent, discoloured nasal discharge (rhinitis). A recent study has shown that patients receiving antibiotics for their cold did not show any improvement when compared to patients on a placebo.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EMaxHealth
About: Call to discontinue prescribing antibiotics for colds
Date: 28 September 2005
Author: Center for the Advancement of Health
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