Common colds. Causes, potential cures, and treatment

Can Fam Physician. 1993 Oct;39:2215-6; 2219-20.


Colds are a common clinical condition, caused by a variety of pathogens. This article reviews the etiology of the cold, proposed cures, symptomatic relief, method of transmission, and advice for patients. Transmission through indirect contact, or self-inoculation, seems more common than was once thought. Experimental antiviral agents hold some promise; in the meantime, symptomatic relief is available.

Publication types

  • Retracted Publication
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Common Cold / drug therapy*
  • Common Cold / microbiology*
  • Common Cold / prevention & control
  • Humans