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Treatment & care

Learn which cold medicines to take, which ones are safe, and which ones may cause problems, especially if you have high blood pressure, asthma or diabetes. Also, learn more about natural remedies and find the most effective cold treatment for you.


Get tips for cough relief at home.

Decongestant or antihistamine? How do you know which cold medicine works best for you? Learn more about decongestants and antihistamines.

Learn more about nasal sprays and how they can work quickly to ease congestion and remedy signs of a cold.

Got a cold and nagging cough? What's the evidence that cough medicines work?

Treatment for a child's cold is usually a matter of easing symptoms with self-care and over-the-counter children's cold medicines.

Antibiotics can cure everything, can’t they? No! Before ask your doctor for an antibiotic medicine for your cold, read this health topic. Antibiotics do not cure viruses, and the common cold is a virus.

Learn why having green or yellow snot doesn't always mean you'll need antibiotics.

Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies relieve symptoms, but don’t cure the specific viruses. Learn more.

There are several medicines and treatments that can help relieve the symptoms of  respiratory tract infections, some of them more successfully than others.

Get tips of soothing a sore throat.

Get answers from Dr Rob Hicks.

Special situations

Living with asthma is no easy task, and when you catch a cold, it can make breathing more difficult. Discover some helpful tips on treating your asthma so you can breathe easier, even with cold.

When you have COPD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, a cold can make breathing even more of a challenge. Discover why symptoms worsen with a cold and what medications you should take, and what medications you should avoid.

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