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Managing Cold And Flu
The 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oscillococcinum: I agree with dr. Fowler's ideas. Also would like to add oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy. This is available at any health food store, and is best if taken when you first notice symptoms. Take a dose each 6 hours -- symptoms may be gone by the next morning, so don't take more unless needed. http://www.iss.it/publ/anna/2012/1/481105.pdf no conflict with other medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Very bad luck but different strains are possible to get...Wow. ...Read more
Nasal saline drops: Nasal saline drops are the best remedy. Mix 1/4 tsp non-iodized or kosher salt, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and one cup of warm water (same as body temperature). Stir to dissolve the salt and baking soda completely. Fill a clean, sanitized bulb syringe with a small amount of the solution and put a few drops in each nostril. The leftover solution can be stored for up to 24 hr in a clean container. ...Read more
Help please? How long does it take for an average child/teenager to heal from sickness(flu, cold)?
7-10 days: Most viruses last 7-10 days, no matter what you do. The treatment is mainly just to make the child feel better. Fever control, saline in the nose, a cool mist humidifier, and lots of fluids to drink will help the most. Frequently a virus will get worse for 3-4 days, peak for a day or so, then improve for 3-4 days. If he isn't getting better or symptoms are worse, see his doctor ...Read more
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
Yes: Avoid contact people with upper respiratory infections and wash hands well with warm water and soap (frequentl). Don't touch eyes, nose or mouth without first cleaning hands. ...Read more
I always catch a cold very easily. Is there anyway i can strengthen my immune and not so prone to flu/cold?
Viral illness: Keep up your immunizations, particularly influenza yearly, stay away from people with active infections and wash you hands thoroughly if you touch anyone who has been coughing or sneezing. There are no specific means of increasing your immune system besides staying healthy and eating a healthy diet. ...Read more
No proven remedies!: Common colds are self-limited and there are no proven 'cures'. Some claim that extra vitamin c and echinacea based supplements help. Simple treatments such as rest, drinking extra fluids, eating healthy, avoiding stress, using saline nasal spray may help to shorten the duration of a cold. Aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve/motrin are useful for associated headache or fever. ...Read more
Laryngitis: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve soreness. Gargling twice a day with aloe vera juice is also very beneficial. ...Read more
Whatever works: There are many choices out there but not much really works. Our bodies are very efficient at clearing out viruses and that is why we feel lousy with symptoms when we get a cold. I recommend rest, fluids, and the best nutrition possible. Fever reducers can help with the aches when needed and honey is good for throat tenderness and sometimes cough. Guaifenesin is helpful for some, not others. ...Read more
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I have been suffering with relatively large hives and flu/cold like symptoms, wondering if they are in anyway linked?
M57, I have come to conclusion that best way to avoid sinusitis is to start antiallergics assoon as flu/cold starts, to suppress discharge, am i right?
You can't stop it: You can improve sxs( but not cure it). Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt h20 (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 & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever– acetaminophen. ...Read more