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NURS6521wk4d1r1Hi Brittany,Thank you for the information you shared about the frequently recommended drug therapy to treat a common cold. As you have mentioned, the timeliness of identifying and treating common colds are usually variable due to the delayed onset of symptoms. The symptomsof a common cold such as sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose, and coughing typically begin two orthree days after exposure to germs or infection (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2017). Due to the postponed presentation, selection of pharmacological therapy must provide the highest effectiveness in controlling the symptoms safely. Histamine is an inflammatory mediator produced in several cells of the body causing the stimulation of sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose,and coughing (Commoncold, Inc., 2015). In addition to the commonly suggested medication, you posted, recommended pharmacological therapy of antihistamine and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) have found to be effective with minimum side effects inflicted onthe individual. Antihistamine medications prevent the attachment of histamine to H1 cellular
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