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Scientists and doctors have studied the common cold for years. As a result of this research, we know that viruses are responsible for causing it (in cases where the cause is not known, it is still presumed to be viral in nature). The cure, however, is elusive. Researchers will continue to investigate both common cold causes and cures. In the meantime, do not believe advertising claims touting a so-called "cure for the common cold."
Common cold research scientists have been successful in identifying the cause of the common cold. However, they have not been as successful in finding a cure.
More than 200 viruses have been discovered to cause the common cold. The two most common viruses that cause the common cold are rhinovirus and coronavirus. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of adult colds are caused by viruses also responsible for other, more severe, illnesses. The causes of common cold in 30 to 50 percent of adult colds remain unidentified, but are presumed to be viral in nature.
(Click Causes of Common Cold for more information.)
It seems like every day a new "cure for the common cold" is being marketed. Despite these marketing claims, there is only one common cold cure -- time. If a product is advertised as a cure for the common cold, do not believe such claims.
That is not to say that there will never be a cure for the common cold. But given that there are so many viruses that can cause the common cold, finding a cure is a difficult challenge. In the meantime, you can take steps to minimize your chances of catching a cold.
(Click Common Cold Prevention for more information.)