Highlights of this report


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Over-the-counter treatments


How well do these products work? Read more

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What might work


Antihistamines and decongestants might relieve some symptoms. Read more

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Treatment without medicines


Advice for treating a cold or flu. Read more


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Pricey cold and flu remedies may not do much good.

Pharmacy and supermarket shelves are stacked with cold and flu remedies promising to fix your winter ills. But despite the marketing hype, there's not much evidence that many of these products actually work.

At best, they may provide temporary relief from your symptoms. Some aren't worth paying for.