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Why doesn't my doctor prescribe me an antibiotic for the common cold?

The common cold is a benign, self-limiting illness. It is the most common acute illness seen in the United States. Symptoms can be mild to variable degrees of congestion, nasal drainage, sore throat, sneezing, cough, low-grade fever and fatigue. It is important to distinguish these symptoms from other forms of illness that could be influenza, strep throat, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, or even pertussis. On average, preschool aged children can have 5-7 viral illnesses in a year and 2-3 episodes per year up to adulthood. Treatment of the common cold is supportive care. Thankfully, many of these remedies and treatments are available over-the-counter and include nasal sprays and decong

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