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Common cold treatments include rest, staying hydrated with plenty of fluids, and eating a healthy diet. These home remedies are usually sufficient to alleviate symptoms, but other treatments are often used, including steam inhalation, gargling with salt water, menthol lozenges or saline nasal drops. There is no evidence that antibiotics or antihistamines work for the common cold, although painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol may be effective, as well as decongestants. Most cold medicines are not recommended for children under 6. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about common cold treatments and much more.

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