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Bugged by a Bad Cold?
I can't seem to shake a cold I've had for weeks. I feel totally sick one day, better the next, then out of it again. And either way, I can't get rid of the cough. What do you recommend?
Answer (Published 2/3/2014)
Originally published May 24, 2004. Updated February 3, 2014.
According to a Gallup Poll, in early October, 6.7 percent of Americans reported having a cold, while 2.2 percent were suffering from the flu. That’s about par for the course at this time of year. In addition to political polling, Gallup periodically takes our collective temperature to check on the prevalence of colds, flu and other elements of our well-being. (We don’t know as much about the flu season so far this year because it started when the U.S. government was shut down. As a result the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] was unable to collect the seasonal data it usually does.)
Here are my recommendations for a persistent cold:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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