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Treatments (Alternative medicine) for Prevention and Treatment of Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease in All Ages With cold

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Echinacea (alternative medicine)

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Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease treatment in Children with cold

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED - 1 study with 524 children
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
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Treatment with Echinacea extract (Purple coneflower). 1 study conducted, with 431 children. Does not reduce cold symptoms and does not speed up recovery. Mild side effects, rash pretty common. Dangerous for children with allergy.

Echinacea (alternative medicine)

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Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease treatment in Adults with cold

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | REASONABLY TESTED - 14 studies with 2,924 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
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Treatment with Echinacea extract (Purple coneflower). 14 studies conducted, with 2,924 adults. Does not reduce cold symptoms and does not speed up recovery. Mild side effects, including rash and upset stomach.

Chinese herbs (alternative medicine)

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Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease treatment in Children with cold

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 9 studies with 1,701 children
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
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Treatment with Chinese herbal preparations. 9 studies conducted, with 1,701 children. Unclear effectiveness due to high risk of bias and inconsistent findings. Unclear safety.

Chinese herbs (alternative medicine)

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Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease treatment in Adults with cold

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 8 studies with 1,511 adults
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Treatment with Chinese herbal preparations. 8 studies conducted, with 1,511 adults. Unclear effectiveness due to high risk of bias and inconsistent findings. Unclear safety.

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Acute nasopharyngitis Infectious disease

Common cold, also known simply as a cold, is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose. The throat, sinuses, and voice box may also be affected. Signs and symptoms may begin less than two days following exposure. They include coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and fever. People usually recover in seven to ten days. Some symptoms may last up to three weeks. In those with other health problems, pneumonia may occasionally develop. (source)

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