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I have a strong cold? What do I do?
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Ken Starnes
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not antibiotics.
Rest and lots of fluids.
There are no antibiotics that will do anything, since he common cold is caused bt a virus. Ibuprophen and over the counter cold meds help some people, but make sure you read the instructions and warning labels very carefully. I personally use sterile saline washes in my nose to help. If your symptoms get markedly worse, or don't improve in about a week, see your doctor.

In brief: Not antibiotics.
Rest and lots of fluids.
There are no antibiotics that will do anything, since he common cold is caused bt a virus. Ibuprophen and over the counter cold meds help some people, but make sure you read the instructions and warning labels very carefully. I personally use sterile saline washes in my nose to help. If your symptoms get markedly worse, or don't improve in about a week, see your doctor.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
zinc lozenges, Airborne (multiple vitamins & antioxidants) may help alleviate symptoms and shorten duration of symptoms
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Common cold
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!

In brief: Common cold
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!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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