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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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What cold and flu medication is safe to take while pregnant. 12 weeks tomorrow. Sore throat and stuffy nose?

What cold and flu medication is safe to take while pregnant. 12 weeks tomorrow. Sore throat and stuffy nose?

Don't always need: Meds. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! ...Read more

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Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

Doubtful: Not that I am aware of. 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. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relieve cold and flu symptoms without medication?

Rest! Hydrate!: 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

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I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

Avoid mixing manyMed: There has to be a good reason for adding any pills or taking each one of the pills. If your condition is a head cold, then you do not need to mix more than Tylenol (acetaminophen) / or Cold/Flu meds and or a decongestant. Alka- seltzer is not a safe medication to mix with Meloxican ...Read more

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Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

YES: Many decongestants can cause bladder neck tightness and counteract prostate medications. Talk to your doctor to see if it is safe to stop the decong. Or change to one with less side effects. ...Read more

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more

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I have had cold/flu like symptoms for a week and my pharmasist suggested that I take theraflu sever cold and flu medicine. I still have these symptoms after a week of taking the medication. What should I take?

Cold: Get checked for allergies as long as you do not have fevers or chills. If you are coughing up colorful secretions then see your doctor for an antibiotic. Otherwise get plenty of sleep and eat well to get over this cold. Take a specific medicine for a specific issue. If you have pain take a pain reliever. Drainage, or congestion, an antihistamine or decongestant. Cough, cough suppressor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you take mecication cold and flu or theraflu when you feel cold while you are taking lexapro (escitalopram) and seroquel?

Can you take mecication cold and flu or theraflu when you feel cold while you are taking lexapro (escitalopram) and seroquel?

Yes, you can: However, you must be aware that cold and flu medications can make you drowsy and when you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and Seroquel, they could magnify this side-effect. Make sure that you do not operate any machinery or drive. It may be a good time to rest, drink lots of fluids and take the time off. ...Read more

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Can I give my daughter of 5 years old hylands complete cold and flu and childrens advil (ibuprofen)?

Can I give my daughter of 5 years old hylands complete cold and flu and childrens advil (ibuprofen)?

Likely: Check the ingredients and make sure you base the dose on her weight. If you have any doubt call your pharmacist who can be very helpful. All the best and I hope she feels better. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for a cold and flu?

What are good remedies for a cold and flu?

FLU: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What should someone with cold and flu do to ease the pain?

What should someone with cold and flu do to ease the pain?

Fluids, NSAID, aceta: Rest, fluids, aspirin, Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) (nsaids), and/or acetaminophen. Be careful if liver trouble with acetaminophen; no Aspirin or nsaids for kiddies; nsaids can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcers, bleeding uncommonly. Read the labels. Check with your doc if any question, health issues or concerns. ...Read more

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Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold versus flu? What are the differences between cold and flu symptoms?

Cold is mildler: Last few day with fever les then 102f flu on the other hand lasts longer with temp up to 103-104, lasts longer and gives more complications. ...Read more

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What is the best cold and flu prevention?

What is the best cold and flu prevention?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill. Get your influenza vaccine. ...Read more

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Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Neither.: Famciclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles; a rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past). It is also used to treat repeat outbreaks of herpes virus cold sores or fever blisters & genital herpes. It doesn't cure herpes infections and may not stop the spread of herpes virus to other people. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and flu?

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Some overlap: Most people have frequent "colds" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days. Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to cure cold and flu?

Please give advice on how to cure cold and flu?

No cure: There is no cure for the common cold or the flu. There are symptomatic medications that can help you deal with the symptoms but usually the virus just needs to run its course. For the flu there are flu vaccines that work to try to prevent the flu but they are not foolproof. There are also some medications that can be taken at the first sign of flu to shorten the course of it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some OTC medicines for the cold and flu?

What are some OTC medicines for the cold and flu?

Many available: Adults' over-the-counter medicines for colds are ok to use if one follows the labels' instructions, stays below maximum doses, and is not using more than one medicine of each type. Fever/pain reducers include tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin/advil. Cough meds include Robitussin (some people use dm, some avoid it). Decongestants and antihistamines include claritin-d, zyrtec-d, Benadryl +/- phenylephrine, sudafed. ...Read more

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What to do if I had 7 500mg tablets, 5 cold and flu tablets and 5 antihistomenes will I be ok?

What to do if I had 7 500mg tablets, 5 cold and flu tablets and 5 antihistomenes will I be ok?

Don't know: What the actual tablets are. Please call Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 ASAP. If you are sick - call 911 now. ...Read more

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What cold and flu meds can I take while on coumadain?

What cold and flu meds can I take while on coumadain?

PSeudoephedrine: Pseudoephedrine does not interfere with
coumadin (warfarin). Also, check with your pharmacist he or she can check any meds for reactions with coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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How can you prevent common ailments, such as the cold and flu?

How can you prevent common ailments, such as the cold and flu?

Prevent cold & Flu.: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash with warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces. Stay away from people who are ill. To avoid flu – get your flu shot each year. ...Read more

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What are some cold and flu prevention tips?

What are some cold and flu prevention tips?

Easy: Take a flu shot. Cover nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes/ dispose of used tissues. Wash hands. Clean phone mouth pieces and do not share foods, utensils or dishes. ...Read more

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How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy?

How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy?

Antihistamines can: Cause drowsiness. If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

Flu vs cold: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. Most people do continue to take their regular medications. ...Read more

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What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, I wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read more

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Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else. Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs. Was that to much?

Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else. Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs. Was that to much?

Probably: He took 3x the dosage you mentioned (3 tsp= 1 tablespoon) an adult dosage usually starts at 100 -120 pounds, 3 teaspoons would probably be an adult dose but would need to know the ingredients and the concentration per teaspoon to give you a more exact answer, . ...Read more

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How are the flu and the common cold different?

How are the flu and the common cold different?

Flu: The flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can cause nasal congestion, runny nose, fever, nausea, emesis and diarrhea. The common cold can be caused by a variety of different viruses, but the symptoms are usually in the upper airways and don't necessarily cause nausea or emesis or diarrhea. We also have vaccines for the flu. There is no such treatment for common cold. ...Read more