A 27-year-old female asked:
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i have plugged ears, i'm congested, my nose runs, i sneeze, and i cough such a bad wet cold that i have trouble sleeping. i've been sick for a week.

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Dr. William Byars
43 years experience Family Medicine
Viral vs. allergy: Allergy vs. Viral infection. Try loratidine and ask your healthcare provider if it's ok to use a decongestant such as Mucinex (guaifenesin) d and nosespray such as afrin for a few days. Do not use these last 2 longterm- but they may make it less likely that you'll end up on antibiotics. Neti- pot is a good idea too.
Answered on May 31, 2015
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Dr. Aruna Bakhru
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Some vitamin C and D wouldn't hurt either, also a deficiency if zinc can reduce immunity. Be careful not to take too much also echinacea and astragalus are good antiviral herbs
May 31, 2015

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