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Common cold or medically known as viral upper respiratory tract infection is a

common problem. It affects many children and adults on daily basis. Common cold
usually presents with runny nose, sore throat, mild fever, sneezing and cough. Many
health websites offer advice on natural remedies for common cold. Is there any
evidence behind those claims?

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1. Honey
Produced by bees, honey is full of vitamins and minerals. This sweet liquid has been
used for it’s medicinal properties since the age of ancient Egypt.
Honey is also useful for those who are suffering from common cold. Cough is a
common symptoms and can be troubling, especially at night.
A research by a group of scientists in Israel looked at 300 children up to the age of 5
who had common cold. Some of them received different types of honey 30 minutes
before going to sleep, and their parents
were asked to comment on the quality
of their children’s sleep and how severe
was the cough. In the research, parents
found that those who were given honey
30 minutes before sleep, had a better
sleep quality and coughed lesser
compared to others.
In another research, a group of
scientists from Pennsylvania State
University treated 105 children with
common cold with either honey or
regular cough syrup(dextromethorphan). At the end of the research, they concluded

There are many reports on scalds and burn injury. But mouthwashes do not appear to play a role in common cold. Cochrane reviewers looked at this claim by pooling all the researches done on this matter. some studies reported benefits and some did not. one specifically looked at the amount of virus present in the nose in those given steam inhalation compared to those who weren’t. Based on these 29 researches involving 11. or povidone-iodine and chlorohexidine have been heavily studied for other uses for example to be used in after surgery.that “Honey may be a preferable treatment for the cough and sleep difficulty associated with childhood upper respiratory tract infection.306 patients with common cold.” But all the 6 researches done on this issue did not include children. Vitamin C Vitamin C is a popular common cold remedy among us. or scientifically known as sodium chloride is a common household item. Table salt. 2. . Many believe taking vitamin C everyday can prevent and treat common cold. Steam inhalation This is a popular method among us. Saltwater gargle Salt water gargle has always been told as home remedy for sore throat relief. Honey was found to be better at reducing cough in children with common cold. Compared with diphenhydramine(Benadryl) and no treatment. So is it effective in children? We don’t know. Hot water often mixed with essential oils are used for this. Unfortunately. 0. The fact is that high temperature can effectively reduce the growth of some viruses that can common cold. Among these 6 researches. Salt has always been said to have anti septic properties but no studies have been able to prove its usage as mouth gargle.” A major review by Cochrane (highest level of evidence) looked at 3 researches done which studied 568 children with common cold. a group of scientists from Cochrane looked at 6 researches done on this matter. In terms of relief of congestion and pain. But does it have any benefit? To search for evidence behind this. But it’s best to be careful when using steam inhalation in children. So there is sufficient evidence to suggest honey can be used as an alternative to 2Pixabay cough suppressant for children with common cold. They found 29 researches on this. Be sure to use it 30 minutes before sleep. Other mouth washes especially those containing essential oils.2g of Vitamin C regularly was not sufficient in preventing common cold. It is said to relieve the congested nose and make breathing easier. there is no evidence behind using salt water gargle. The research did not report any difference between them. 4. 3. So the authors concluded that “there is not enough evidence to support steam inhalation for the common cold.

according to the Cochrane researchers.nih.What about treating it? Will taking 0.ncbi. For comparison. One Vitamin C tablet normally had 500mg vitamin C. Steam inhalation for common cold http://www. taking enough rest.ncbi.ncbi.gov/pubmed/23733382 4.nih.gov/pubmed/23440782 3. So for example taking 3 orange fruits per day or half Vitamin C tablet per day will be helpful if you often get common cold.nlm. regularly taking Vitamin C supplement at 200mg per day reduces the seriousness of common cold if you get it. But the same research also says that 8g of Vitamin C might be able to reduce common cold if taken after the cough and runny nose start. one has to take 130 to 180 orange fruits per day. The only home remedy with evidence for common cold is Honey which is proven to reduce night time cough during common cold. fever reducing medications.ncbi.gov/pubmed/18056558 . Conclusion Common cold is caused by viruses. Honey for acute cough in children http://www.nih. After the onset of symptoms.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419319 2. Vitamin C and common cold http://www. drinking sufficient fluids.nlm. one orange fruit contains 45mg to 60mg of Vitamin C. Honey & Cough http://www. Most people recover in 2 weeks but cough might last up to a month. The easier method would be to buy the Vitamin C tablets.nlm. For further reading 1. The main treatment is symptomatic. and prevention of spread. To get the curative effect of Vitamin C. The only proven benefit of Vitamin C in regard to common cold is that. starting Vitamin C shows no effect on the severity and duration of common cold.2g of Vitamin C treat common cold? Unfortunately it doesn’t.