Common Cold - Could There Soon Be A Cure?

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Common Cold - Could There Soon Be A Cure?

Posted 24 Jun 2018

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Dr. Ross Walker

Common Cold - Could There Soon Be A Cure?

It has often been said that man can put a space rocket on the moon but cannot cure the common cold. It appears that we may be closer to ridding the planet of this annoying scourge.

Although the common cold is not life-threatening, it certainly disrupts your life, makes you feel dreadful for a few days and also is an extremely common cause of workplace absence. The common cold is significantly contagious and typically causes a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, moderate fevers and a few days of feeling unwell.

There are currently no available treatments for the common cold. However, there are common misconceptions that need to be stressed when people are at risk of developing a cold – in colder seasons, or when interacting in close proximity with lots of people. 

Misconception number ONE
When a person says they have the ‘flu’, this is typically not the case and in fact they have the common cold. The flu actually refers to influenza which is a different type of virus that causes a much more severe, serious and prolonged infection.

Misconception number TWO
The flu vaccine is specifically for influenza and DOES NOT prevent you developing the common cold. You cannot develop influenza from the vaccine, but you may have a flulike reaction (which is much milder than influenza itself) for a few days after the vaccination.

Misconception number THREE
Antibiotics are completely unnecessary and actually harmful for people suffering the common cold or influenza. They are only useful if there is a proven bacterial infection. You can find out if you have an infection following a throat swab or sputum culture.

There’s HOPE!

Researchers from the Imperial College in London have discovered a key protein in normal body cells that basically allows the cold virus to attach to a normal cell, replicate and spread throughout the body. The scientists have developed a drug that targets this protein, blocking the cold virus’s ability to cause infection. Scientists are also developing an inhaled form of the drug which will work rapidly and should have less side effects.

The test drug was used on several strains of the common cold virus, otherwise known as rhinovirus and blocks the effects on human cells in the laboratory without appearing to cause any harm.

Unfortunately, this potential cure for the common cold may not be available clinically for a few years to come, until it’s safety in actual humans (and not just lab cells) has been proven.

In the meantime, you may find relief from (and there have been studies to support) the following treatments if you feel a cold starting to occur.

A study from Finland using high dose vitamin C 6-8 gms daily for a few days has been shown to significantly reduce the severity and length of a cold:

  • High dose echinacea
  • High dose garlic
  • Zinc lozenges

In my opinion and experience, one or a combination of all of the above are safe and should be used for a few days at the onset of symptoms, until relief.

Regardless, the common cold is an imposition rather than a serious illness and it’s probably not that bad to challenge your immune system with minor viruses every now & then, purely to keep it on its toes

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Susan says:

9 months 1 week ago
Fascinating to think what the future holds for our upcoming generations where common illnesses such as the cold, can probably be stopped in their tracks before they eventuate. How different life is sure to be for those to follow in our footsteps...

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