I have mild fever, no appetite, nasal congestion and slight sore throat. Started yesterday. I need to be 100% for weekend vacay. Possible?
It is possible. Hello Manuel, It is possible for you to feel good by next weekend. However, it depends on how your immune system fights the cold you have. You can help your immune response by taking Vitamin C (up to 4g/day). Do not worry to much about your appetite, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. You can use nasal saline drops for the nasal congestion. Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold may also help.
A cold. To be 100% with a viral infection is likely impossible. You can control some of the symptoms with OTC medications but you will not be overcome all of the symptoms associated with a cold. Be sure to wash your hands often to avoid transmitting your virus to others if you can't postpone the vacation.
How do we know if a sore throat and nasal congestion is due to allergies or something else? If its allergies would it not be accompanied with fever?
See Allergist. Occasional sore throat and congestion can be due to a virus, but if you notice persistent symptoms all year long or seasonal pattern then you are likely suffering from chronic rhinitis. Allergy symptoms are NOT accompanied by fever. Symptoms include congestion, post-nasal drip, sneezing, itchy/watery nose and eyes, etc. If you would like to determine cause see an Allergist for further testing. Read more...
Yes. It is the viral season, and the symptoms you describe are classic viral ones. Likely there is or will be a low grade fever accompanying these. Com? If you mean medications, treatment at this stage is purely palliative (comforting) advil, (ibuprofen) salt water rinses, decongestant or antihistamines if an allergic component is present. Good luck! Read more...