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How Do I Get Rid Of A Cold
COLD SYMPTOMS: The GOOD NEWS is that viruses that cause a cold do not Live very long. The BAD NEWS is that many of the symptoms can linger as the body recovers from the effects of the viral illness. Getting plenty of rest, maintaining hydration and treating the most troublesome symptoms can sometimes make you feel better while your body recovers. ...Read more
Prayer . . .: I don't mean to offend anyone but rather to use hyperbole to point out that there's really no way for me or anyone in medical profession to help get rid of a cold in 12hrs since that's not possible at this time. If this were in fact possible, I'd be sipping a mai tai on a beach rather than typing answers at home! Instead, you can try OTC meds to mitigate cold symptoms but that's best we can offer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I get rid of a cold " that is going to come soon" (i have allergy pills) any remedies or tips to make it go away before it gets worse?
Warn fluids?: Good evening, how do we know that cold " is going to come soon"? Cold is a viral infection of the lining of the nose and respiratory system. In allergy immune system of the lining makes mucus and tries to sneeze the allergens away. In cold, the same system creates mucus containing stuff to fight the virus. Cold virus being sensitive to heat, warm liquids and steam inhalation may help to get bette. ...Read more
Oral antiviral.: The only effective treatments for cold sores are the oral antivirals, such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) and famvir. Topical cold sore treatments, no matter what you've heard or read, have little or no effect. Treatment can be intermittent or continuous, depending on location and frequency of episodes. Your doctor or a dermatologist can determine what you need and write the prescription. ...Read more
Your doctor can : Prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more
Not overnight: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more
Rest and medication: Stress is by far the most common cause of cold sore which is the recurrence of herpes viral infection. It is a self limiting condiction and normally heal in 2 weeks. Rest and stress control will help the healing process. Certain medicatons such as Acyclovir can speed the healing but not too much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: If you have a simple common garden variety viral upper respiratory infection, only time will make you feel better. If you have congestion due to allergies, you'll need to avoid those specific allergens, possibly seasonal, so we're back to time. Or take an anti-allergy (antihistamine) medication, some of which are available over-the-counter. But beware that everything has side effects. Go c ur doc. ...Read more
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