Best Ways To Prevent And Treat Cold Symptoms

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CBS --  It's the time of the year when everyone around us seems to be dealing with the common cold.

So what works and doesn't work when trying to treat the virus?
Alexis Christoforous has the results of new research.

A new study reviews prevention and treatments for the common cold and finds clean hands are the key to staying healthy.

Dr. Amy Esposito, Mount Sinai Beth Israel says there's one key thing you need to do, "Really washing your hands a lot, hand sanitizers work great."

The research published in the  Canadian Medical Association journal also found zinc supplements may work for kids and adults and probiotics may also help.

The common cold really is common. Adults can get the virus two to three times a year and young children can get it even more often.

Researchers say drugs combining antihistamines with decongestants or pain medication appear to be somewhat effective in treating colds in adults and older children, but not in younger kids. Cough medicines showed a slight benefit in adults. Vitamin C and echinachea showed no benefit.

The study also shows antibiotics have no effect on treating colds.
Honey seemed to have some benefit for children over one.

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