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To whom it may concern; my question is, how do I get rid of a head cold fast?

To whom it may concern; my question is, how do I get rid of a head cold fast?

Cold: There is no miracle/fast cure for a cold. Being a virus infection, it will run its course within 7 - 10 days. Rest and lots of fluids may help end it sooner. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral 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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How can I get rid of a head cold?

How can I get rid of a head cold?

Can tx symptoms but: It runs it's course. 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 ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to get rid of head cold?

Whats the best way to get rid of head cold?

Time!: To feel better and get your nose open you can use some afrin but only for a couple of days. ...Read more

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My 10 month old appears to have a head cold. How can I help get rid of it?

My 10 month old appears to have a head cold. How can I help get rid of it?

Symptomatic tx: There is nothing you can use for your child to hasten the resolution of the cold. Treat the symptoms-saline and suction for stuffy/runny nose. Lots of fluids, cool mist humidifier near crib. Monitor for fever and development of new symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a head cold and am 26 weeks pregnant. What can I do to help myself get rid of it?

I have a head cold and am 26 weeks pregnant. What can I do to help myself get rid of it?

Symptom relief: 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 neti 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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How do I get rid of this head-ache? It might be from allergies, head cold, or something to do with sinuses. Does anybody know why I have a headache?

How do I get rid of this head-ache? It might be from allergies, head cold, or something to do with sinuses. Does anybody know why I have a headache?

Headache: I think you need to see a doctor to be evaluated. It is impossible to know what causes your headache without doing an examination and with limited information provided above. ...Read more

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What is a quick way to get rid of a common cold with a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and head/body aches?

What is a quick way to get rid of a common cold with a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and head/body aches?

Viral URI: Stay in bed, drink lots of fluids (chicken soup is said to be good), take otc products to relieve symptoms and time and patience will be rewarded with your improvement. Not much else will work. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of/quell a common cold and bad throat in 24 hours?

Is there a good way to get rid of/quell a common cold and bad throat in 24 hours?

It runs it's course.: 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 & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! get medical >. ...Read more

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I have COPD and am suffering from a bad head cold & have no insurance. What can I do to prevent this from becoming worse?

Inhalers, rest: You still may be able to get some medical care without insurance and you should see this out. COPD is not something that you can take care of yourself. If you are short of breath would seek treatment in an er , in general the therapy for a flare up of COPD includes use of inhaled medicine, possibly an anti-inflammatory medicine ( steroids) and possibly antibiotic. No smoking. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a common cold without going to the doctors?

Manage symptoms: Saline nasal rinse, sudafed, hydrate, afrin 3 days on 3 days off, vitamin c, zinc lozenges, tylenol or ibuprofen, humidifier during sleep, sleep with head elevated 30degrees, echinacea, honey, lemon tea. Avoid antihistamines unless this is an allergy. ...Read more

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