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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maia Hightower
17 years experience in Internal Medicine
Rest: Rest, plenty of fluids, tea with honey...And time. You can try over the counter tylenol (acetaminophen) or iburofen if you have no medical problems (u ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience in Emergency Medicine
If no other: Symptoms suggestive of a more significant illness, an otc antihistamine such as fexofenadine and a decongestant such as phenylephrine or Pseudoephedri ... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Pelargonium sidoides: By far my favorite herbal medicine for bronchitis is pelargonium sidoides, a type of geranium from South Africa proven more effective than antibiotics ... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience in Family Medicine
Honey in tea: Honestly, most studies have shown limited benefit from store-bought cough remedies. In fact, when compared to lemon and honey in tea....Guess which w ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Sinus congestion: Best is to find out what is causing the sinus congestion. There are several possibilities. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
For fever: fluids,Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. No OTC cough medications for children they do not work ad can be dangerous if given too much. A cool mist ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience in Family Medicine
It depends: It depends on other medical conditions and medications. You should talk with your pharmacist, many people forget they are very well educated on pharma ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Medicine for cold: If you are talking influenza, medication that can be used is oseltamivir (tamiflu) or zanamivir (relenza). Colds, also viral, are not treated with ant ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Casey Younkin
37 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robotussin DM. : Dm is dextromethorphan, a non narcotic cough suppressant. Take it according to directions. If you are not better in 2 to 3 days be sure to see your do ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends on cause: For typical cold symptoms, liquefying congestion w/ saline nasal spray & drinking fluids can help; otc cough preps should suffice. For more severe cou ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Pelargonium sidoides: The herb pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to south africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections & sinusitis. It ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Archer
37 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Decongestants: Saline irrigations are very helpful, but nasal steroid sprays or otc decongestants will reduce the symptoms of nasal congestion.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Simple...: The cat skin,hair cells enters your body by your nasal passage.that is why sneezing and cough( body trying to expel it ), runny nose because of your i ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Low dose: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ,Claritin or Zyrtec. Force fluids. Zinc lozenges (Cold-Eze) Advil or Ale e. Tea and honey. Grandma's chicken soup. Rest and ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: If you have a dry cough that seems to originate from your throat, lozenges and humidified air may help. If the cough persists for more than 3 weeks, t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
AURI: Viral infection takes its course lasting 3 to 5 days unless with bacterial complications. Giving cough rx is only helping the kid to sleep. I would ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Topical decongestant: The long-acting OTC decongestant nasal spray will likely work the best. However do not use this for more than 5 days else you may end up hooked to the ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Chicken soup: There is no specific remedy for colds. You may take Tylenol for fever or pain. Do not drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and rest f ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Flu Vaccine and hand: For flu flu vaccine every year to prevent flu, and for both cold and flu, you may take following hygienic precautions 1cover your nose and mouth with ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Serota
13 years experience in Dermatology
Several: Many treatments exist for allergies: antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops as well as allergy shots. For asthma: rescue inhalers (albuterol), contr ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience in Pediatrics
On their back: Sleeping on the back with the head slightly elevated. You can use a folded towel underneath the head end of the mattress (not directly under the baby' ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Don't necessarily: need meds. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Til ... Read More

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