The ACP and CDC urge patient education, as antibiotics are ineffective in treating the common cold. NSAIDs may be given for symptomatic relief. Although antihistamines, nasal saline irrigation, opioids, and intranasal steroids have been used, evidence to support their use is lacking. Change in nasal discharge color is not an indication for antibiotic treatment.
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