oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Colds, flu and coughing : a review of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines : respiratory health

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



The constellation of a sore throat, rhinorrhoea, nasal congestion, coughing, low-grade fever, headaches and the malaise of the common cold, has been recognised as a disease entity since antiquity. The common cold is the most frequent human illness, and is caused by members of several families of viruses. The most likely offenders are the ±100 serotypes of rhinoviruses.

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