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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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What's the difference between a cold and a flu?

What's the difference between a cold and a flu?

Fever and vomiting: Cold: sore throat, nasal congestion and drainage, and cough. Fevers may occur in children, but are uncommon in adults. Flu: sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches, soreness, congestion, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Both are caused by viruses and usually last for 3-7 days. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

What are symptoms of the common cold and what are signs that it is something more serious?

Sx's: Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. 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.” ...Read more

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What can I do for a cold?

Fluids, rest.: The best thing to do for a common cold virus is to support your immune system and use remedies to make yourself more comfortable while your body fights it off. In general, drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol, rest & use hygiene measures to limit the spread of germs. Use things like a vaporizer, nasal saline, and otc products to help symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any flu remedies?

Are there any flu remedies?

Antiviral: 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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Can flu/colds cause toothaches?

Can flu/colds cause toothaches?

Absolutely: Especially upper back teeth can hurt if your nose is stuffed because the roots of these teeth can abut right up against the inferior border of your sinuses. ...Read more

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How quickly can a flu/cold come on?

How quickly can a flu/cold come on?

Farily quickly: The disease has an incubation period in which you mihg not feel anything. When the symptom start they will manifest farily rapidly. ...Read more

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What works when you have a flu/cold?

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 more

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Is there an at home treatmnent for flu & cold?

Is there an at home treatmnent for flu & cold?

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 more

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Is it possible to catch a flu/cold twice in a week?

Yes: Very bad luck but different strains are possible to get...Wow. ...Read more