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How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast
You don't.: W/o drugs: drink lots of fluids and get plenty of sleep. A cold due to a virus must run it's natural course, of ~3-5 days of symptoms. Otherwise: take antihistamines to dry up the runny nose; decongestants to clear the "stuffed up head"; nsaids or tylenol (acetaminophen) to break a fever and expectorants to help clear the mucous. All these drugs treat the symptoms, not the virus, so they may make it last longer! ...Read more
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!! ...Read more
Can only treat sxs.: 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
There is nothing: There is a misconception about it. Colds & flu have to take their course. They are caused by viruses ( so antibiotics don't do anything to them). The antivirals like tamiflu (oseltamivir) and others have to be taking in combination which is costly and they shorten the course of the flu for only one day. Last week a meta analysis done about zinc p.O. (50 mg?)suggests it may shorten the course for couple of days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptomatic relief: only. 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. If you stay home from school - it may help prevent spreading it ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold Sores: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more
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