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What can i use for upper respiratory tract infection if i don't have a doctor?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
URI: Uri, also sometimes referred to as a "cold" - is a stubborn medical dilemma for which prescription medicines have little to offer. The object of therapy is symptomatic relief with analgesics like tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and decongestants like robitussin. Chicken soup and Vicks vaporub have been used with some success. Rest and sympathy help. Time is the only treatment that offers good relief.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Symptomatic relief..: Most upper respiratory tract infections are viral so relief of symptoms is helpful. Drinking plenty of fluids, salt water nasal sprays for relieving congestion, throat lozenges/sprays for sore throat may be all that is needed for a few days. If a fever, cough productive of green or bloody sputum or shortness of breath develops, see a doctor right away. Also, if symptoms persist/worsen, see doctor.

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