Why hasn’t my cold gone away with cold medicines?

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I’m taking my cold medicines. Why hasn’t it gone away?

The common cold still has not been cured, as much as we wish it had. The person who finally finds a cure for this annoying temporary illness will go down in the annuls of history. In the meantime medical researchers, medicine companies and doctors do the best they can with what is available to treat a cold. A cold is a virus and not easily treated. Add to that the fact that there are a number of viruses that can cause a cold. The best that can be done is to use common sense when you have a cold and do not do things that will make the cold worse. Plenty of fluids and rest are a good idea when you have a cold, but that isn’t always possible in our busy world. The problem is colds are extremely contagious so if someone brings their cold germs into school or the workplace, chances are they may spread it around very easily by touching things other people then touch or sneezing and coughing without covering their mouths. Medicines made for colds can only treat the symptoms and not the underlying bug that causes it. Sometimes time is the only cure. You just have to battle through a cold. That is where the medicines created for the symptoms of a cold come in handy. The cold medicines you get over the counter or from a doctor treat cold symptoms like congestion in the chest, nose and head, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and achiness. If the symptoms are lessened it often makes the cold much more bearable until the underlying virus passes and the symptoms disappear. But those cold medicines will not make the cold itself magically go away. Mama Nono

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