Antibiotics cannot cure common cold, study reveals
Viruses, unlike bacteria, do not respond to antibiotics. This is according to findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Antibiotics has no role in common colds kasi virus ito,” Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, explained.
Colds can be caused by more than 200 type of viruses. The most common viruses associated with colds are Rhinovirus, Coronavirus, Norwalk virus and Influenza.
These viruses do not need antibiotics, unless secondary bacterial infections develop, such as sinusitis, tonsilitis, otitis or inflammation of the ear, pneumonia and bronchitis, Salinel said.
Salinel, however, reminds not to take antibiotics without doctor’s prescription, as it can cause more harm than good when they are not used properly. One particular effect is it can make the viruses resistant to antibiotics.
To speed up recovery, Salinel advises eating nutritious food with vitamin C and getting enough rest. He also recommends using a vapor rub with continuous 8-hour relief and applying it on the chest, throat and back to help suppress cough and relieve nasal congestion.