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Is Echinacia good for a cold instead of antibiotics?

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Is Echinacia good for a cold instead of antibiotics?

Doctor's Assistant: Do you have a fever? Do you have any other existing medical conditions?

Coughing and lots of clear nasal drainage

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have arthritis, but am mostly healthy; just this hanging on cough and drip

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

Echinacea does have the ability in many cases to shorten the duration of the common cold, but I would also suggest oral probiotics, zinc lozenges and Mucinex to help with that

Please let me know if you need any more information

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