Category Archive: Respiratory medicine

Jul 10

Pelargonium sidoides extract (Kaloba (R)) for the common cold

Timmer et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 10. Art. No .: CD006323.
There exists only very-low quality evidence of the effect of Pelargonium sidoides extract on the common cold.

Jul 11

Echinacea and the common cold in children

Taylor JA, et al. JAMA 2003; 290(21): 2824-30
Echinacea does not appear to be an effective treatment for the common cold in children.

Jul 12

Does zinc reduce the symptoms of the common cold?

Science M, Johnstone J, Roth DE, Guyatt G, Loeb M. CMAJ 2012; 184(10): E551-E561
Oral zinc reduces the duration of cold symptoms in adults, but at the cost of side-effects.

Apr 13

Is vitamin C effective in treating the common cold?

Hemilä H, Chalker E, Douglas B. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000980.
Oral vitamin C is not an effective treatment for the common cold in the general community.

May 04

Inhaled corticosteroids as rescue treatment

Martinez FD, et al. Use of beclomethasone dipropionate as rescue treatment for mild persistent asthma…. Lancet 2011; 377: 650–57
Inhaled beclomethasone (Qvar) used as rescue therapy with salbutamol is likely better than salbutamol alone, for children with mild persistent asthma who do not take regular inhaled corticosteroids.

Apr 27

Zinc for the common cold

Singh M, Das RR. Zinc for the common cold. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001364
Zinc administered within 24 hours of the symptoms of a common cold is associated with favourable outcomes but with some side-effects.

Feb 11

Symptoms and signs of croup and epiglottitis

Tibballs J, Watson T. Symptoms and signs differentiating croup and epiglottitis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. (2010) 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01892.x
Cough and drooling can be helpful in differentiating croup and epiglottitis in children with acute stridor.