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What do doctors think is the top OTC medicine for the common cold?

What do doctors think is the top OTC medicine for the common cold?

No specific med: 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An 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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Which medicine to get for the common cold?

Which medicine to get for the common cold?

No meds needed: 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Which medicine should I take for common cold?

Which medicine should I take for common cold?

Don't necessarily: Need meds. 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 netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for the common cold or a fever?

What medicine is best for the common cold or a fever?

Medicines aren't: Necessarily needed. 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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Do you know any ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

Do you know any ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

Home remedy: 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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Can you tell me any ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

Can you tell me any ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

Saline: Saline nasal mist used 3-4 times daily when congested can help tremendously. Also, a bedside humidifier or vaporizer for a few nights will help; an alternative would be to take a long hot shower or bath.
Vaporub products and honey can help with cough. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

Can you tell me some ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

A few methods: Here are some common remedies by symptom. I am not a fan of vitamins or herbal remedies in general, and would not recommend vitamin c, zinc, Airborne, or echinacea
sore throat: honey- about 1 teaspoon, either in tea or plain. Salt water gargles 1 tsp salt in 8 oz water
nausea:candied ginger
stuffy nose: saline irrigation (ie Neil med bottle)
cough- honey
sleep and chicken soup are good for all! ...Read more

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Common cold?

The non drug treatments for Common cold include:: Watchful waiting, Honey, Nasal saline irrigation, Bathroom steam, Throat lozenges, Warm bath. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. Most people do continue to take their regular medications. ...Read more

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16 month old who has the common cold and cough. What medicine if any can I give him fot the coughing. Coughing is not severe but it bothers him.

16 month old who has the common cold and cough. What medicine if any can I give him fot the coughing. Coughing is not severe but it bothers him.

Cough med in toddler: Most over the counter cough and cold preparations in the children's section are not FDA approved for children under 2 years. Cough caused by post nasal drip may improve with an over the counter allergy medication (Zyrtec and Claritin are approved for ages 6 months and older). ...Read more

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Why should you take cold medicine if there's no cure for the common cold?

To feel better: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so otherwise nothing else will shorten it. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better and make it seem to pass more quickly. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what I recommend. In 6-7 days it will be gone. ...Read more

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What would be the most common medicines that a pregnant woman can take for the common cold?

What would be the most common medicines that a pregnant woman can take for the common cold?

Be careful: Need to consult with your OB doctor, but non-medicated things such as saline irrigation should be safe

again, check with your OB office. Most have a list of medications that can be safely taken in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am 23 years. I am taking Ayurvedic medicine to increase my hunger. Recently I caught by common cold and fever. Can I continue with those medicines?

Yes: These medicines are not attended by the risks that pharmaceutical-house meds carry -- the latter are far stronger for better and for worse. Unless your practitioner has warned you, continue doing as seems best. Truth be told, the best remedy for defective appetite predates even the wonderful books we call the vedas -- it's getting into an active, fitness-based lifestyle. ...Read more

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What should you consider the best medicinee or "home remedy" for the common cold/flu. Non- prescription?

Treatment for cold: Stay home and rest--get lots of sleep, drink warm fluids, eat chicken soup, inhale steam from tea kettle through nose and breath in, take regular vitamins and extra vit c-1000mg, use zinc louzenges-dissolve slowly in mouth three times per day. ...Read more

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Why does my acid reflux seem to get worse when I have a cold? Do any common cold medicines reduce the effects of omeprazole?

Why does my acid reflux seem to get worse when I have a cold? Do any common cold medicines reduce the effects of omeprazole?

Meds, post nasal drip: When sick w an upper respiratory tract infection, post nasal drip can be irritating to the throat, esophagus&stomach. Many common cold meds contain NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories)eg.ibuprofen or naproxen, which can irritate the esophagus. Spending more time in bed does not help acid reflux, either. Gaviscon (or"compare with Gaviscon"generic)after meals& at bedtime can boost protective effect of omeprazole ...Read more

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Is antihistamines first generation effective drug for common cold and does vitamin c important during common cold?

Is antihistamines first generation effective drug for common cold and does vitamin c important during common cold?

Probably not: Antihistamines are effective for sneezing and runny nose due to allergies, by blocking histamine receptors, . but can over dry nasal passages during colds. Atrovent nasal spray helps runny nose and decongestants (use Short term only) help congestion. Vitamin C may help prevent colds, but not as effective once you have one. Rest, fluids, chicken soup, zinc, humidifier, and netipot help. ...Read more

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30 y.O. M asymptomatic, just common cold. Urinalysis shows urobilinogen of the chart, + leukocyte, very little billirubin. Drugs:cialis and dianabol.

30 y.O. M asymptomatic, just common cold. Urinalysis shows urobilinogen of the chart, + leukocyte, very little billirubin. Drugs:cialis and dianabol.

Follow-up: If I understand, your urine urobilinogen level was very high, there was a trace of bilirubin in your urine, you are taking dianabol, and you are not visibly jaundiced. Dianabol will cause cholestasis and is the likely explanation for the bilirubinuria. The elevated urobilinogen will prompt a savvy physician to order liver enzymes and a reticulocyte count to check for hemolysis. ...Read more

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I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

I'm having a dry cough, and runny nose and it feels like my chest is congested. Is this a common cold? Will OTC medicine work?

Common Cold: If your dry cough persists for a while (4-6 weeks) this could be secondary to inflammation in your upper airway or lungs subsequent to the common cold viruses or post nasal drip syndrome, in both these cases a short course of inhaled broncho dilators like albuterol might be useful (this is not OTC). Try steam inhalation, it provides symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?

Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?

Absolutely not: Allergy medicine is great for treating allergies and the nasal steroids such as Flonase may provide some slight symptomatic relief during a nose cold. Allergy meds (or any of several other treatments advertised as preventing a cold) really do little to prevent the cold. The best prevention is the simple old-fashioned stuff, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and rest and take care when sick. ...Read more

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Duration of common cold?

Duration of common cold?

5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...Read more

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How can I cure common cold?

How can I cure common cold?

You can't, symptom: 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. ...Read more

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What causes the common cold?

What causes the common cold?

Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good. ...Read more

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How too treat a common cold?

How too treat a common cold?

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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Best tablet for common cold?

Best tablet for common cold?

Varies: I usually recommend breaking up the different ingredients of cold medicines to pick the one for the main, worst symptom. Stuffy noses respond to Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) phenylephrine (sudafed pe), oxymetazoline (afrin- 3 days max!). Coughs do better with Guaifenesin and detromethorphan (mucinex dm). Achiness and pain and sore throats with Ibuprofen (motrin) or tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen.). ...Read more

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How to deal with common cold?

How to deal with common cold?

Cold Tips: 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 can I fight a common cold?

Rest warm & humid: The common cold is self-limited, and is effectively dealt with by your own immune system, and it usually resolves in 5 to 7 days.

In order for your immune system to work efficiently, you will need adequate rest and sleep. Cold viruses thrive in low humidity and cold temperatures. They can't survive at high temp and high humidity. You should keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, and try a humidifier. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose common cold?

How do you diagnose common cold?

Clinically diagnosed: Your doctor will make the diagnosis of a common cold based on your signs and symptoms by performing a history taking and a physical exam. The common cold generally involves a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. You may also have a sore throat, cough, or headache. ...Read more

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How to stop common cold relapse?

How to stop common cold relapse?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill. ...Read more

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How long could common cold last?

The common cold: According to the mayo clinic, colds usually last one to two weeks. ...Read more

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How can you fight a common cold?

How can you fight a common cold?

Tips: 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 & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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How can you treat the common cold?

Some cold basics: 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 & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What works against the common cold?

Colds: 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 can I cure a severe common cold?

You can't: There's no cure, just symptomatic treatment. Believe me, if there's every a cure for the cold, you won't need to ask a doctor on a website. It will be headline news. ...Read more

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How effective are common cold pills?

How effective are common cold pills?

Don't know which: Medications you are referring to. Medications may help to ease some cold symptoms but they do not cure the common cold. Take care. ...Read more