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Cold Multi Medication
Home remedies: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Cold: It depends on your symptoms and your medical history neither of which you have shared with us. Stay well hydrated, warm and rested. There are OTC meds for cough, fever, nasal congestion. If your symptoms last more than 3 days or worsen, see your doctor. In the mean time, limit your contact with others to minimize transmission. ...Read more
Please use caution: Biphentin is a stimulant and thus caution is advised when using cold medicines containing decongestants (phenylephrine/pseudoepherine etc.). Medications such as plain mucinex, (guaifenesin) mucinex-dm, coricidin, Robitussin etc. Are relatively safe when taken appropriately as instructed. So, I would avoid/minimize use cold meds containing decongestant. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Control symptoms: This may be viral. Control any fever that is present. Over the counter medications that have a nasal decongestant with cough suppressant would work the best. Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If your symptoms do not improve over the next two days, you should see a doctor. Lack of resolution of symptoms suggests a bacterial infection. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example, if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness, such as Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Oxymetazoline (afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray) is excellent and can be used with pills, but only for 3 days. For cough try mucinex-dm max strength- which has high dose guaifenesin. Ask pharm for help if you have high bp. ...Read more
What to do for 2 & 8months old having cough and colds for two days? Any medications for the illnesses?
Symptomatic relief: Colds and coughstemp in 2 and 8 month olds should only be treated with saline nose drops, humidifier and tylenol (acetaminophen) if there is fever. Otc meds are neither safe nor helpful in this age group. However, if the 2 month old has any fever of 101 or has poor feeding, labored breathing or change in color, he should be seen. As for the 8 month old, we see anyone with temp over 102 for more than 24 hours. ...Read more
Being hypertensive, what should I take to treat colds? I heard some types of medications could raise your bp.
You can take: Anything you want as long as they don't contain decongestants-these will raise your BP. ...Read more
I had caught a cold and had coughed from start of yesterday. I don't want to take medication and so what could I do to get relief?
Aerius=desloratadine: I suspect that you're not in the states b/c aerius (http://www. Drugs. Com/uk/aerius. Html) is not a brand of Desloratadine sold here. There's not likely to be an issue combining Desloratadine (antihistamine) w/cold medication (decongestant) unless you're an older male w/enlarged prostate. However, b/c you didn't mention specific name, I can't check 4 u. Instead, use drugs. Com's interactions checker. ...Read more
Decongestants: Be careful of taking decongestants - either nasally or orally- if taking meds to lower your blood pressure. These decongestants can cause your blood pressure to go up or increase. Drinking lots of fluids, hot steam inhalation and using saline nasal sprays are all appropriate. ...Read more
No: It's best to avoid OTC cold medicines as they may have bad side effects in young children. In addition, many of them do not seem to work well in young babies anyway so it's not worth taking any risks. Try saline nasal spray and a cool-mist humidifier instead. Upright positioning while sleeping may also be beneficial. Tlc and lots of fluids go a long way as well! ...Read more
Risk for Colds: Many factors could be at work here. You may have a depressed immune system which your doctor can confirm or not-confirm. Otherwise, try being a "germaphobe" for a while and see if that helps. Use plenty of hand sanitizer, avoid crowds or those who are sick, don't touch things that the public touches. Of course get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet. See if all that helps. ...Read more
NO: A true sinus infection requires antibiotics. Decongestants may help, but an infection needs treatment with an antibacterial agent. ...Read more
Time: Most cold are viruses. If you treat a cold it gets better in 14 days. If you don't it takes 2 weeks. (no difference). ...Read more
Congratulations on: Your pregnancy. Here are some pregnancy safe tips for the common cold. For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. Although over the counter medicines can be helpful - doing this with. ...Read more
No known benefit: Antihistamines have a drying effect on any mucous production and will thicken secretions. For many years they have been used to "dress up" kids & make them look less sickly (draining nose, etc.)they have no known benefit to the child during a cold & may thicken the mucous to the point it is harder to cough out. ...Read more
Raynaud/Cold Aggluti: Keep them warm and away from the fridge, ice or snow; wear gloves. This may be raynaud disease or syndrome alone or associated to cold agglutinins. Besides calcium channel blockers, a cream or paste of nitroglycerine placed topically in the affected area may also help. Check c your dr. For cold agglutinins because fear of gangrene.Follow with a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Hello, my 7 month old has a bad cold for over a week now, is there any medication I can use to make it go away?
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