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I have a cold- what should I do?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually nothing much

Colds are usually very mild and self-limited, and do not need specific treatment.
Symptomatic care for nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, aching is reasonable and can be with over the counter meds if you get much worse, or have serious symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, high fever, or stay sick for more than 4-5 days, maybe get seen.Wash your hands and cover your mouth to avoid spreading!

In brief: Usually nothing much

Colds are usually very mild and self-limited, and do not need specific treatment.
Symptomatic care for nasal stuffiness, cough, sneezing, aching is reasonable and can be with over the counter meds if you get much worse, or have serious symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, high fever, or stay sick for more than 4-5 days, maybe get seen.Wash your hands and cover your mouth to avoid spreading!
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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