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!
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!
Simple suggestions. Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume. Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey, Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. Every 4-6 hrs. As needed. Zyrtec or Claritin as needed for drippy watery n.
Symptoms. There is no specific cure for a cold and thus one can only treat the symptoms. If you have nasal congestion, a topical nasal decongestant may help but must not be used for more than 5 days else you end up with worse problems. Rest and chicken soup may help. I find inhaling warm steam for a few minutes 2x daily soothing. Don't go to work and infect your co-workers.
Management of a cold. It's best to 'listen to your body' when you are sick - so in your case most likely you need SLEEP, avoidance of stress (exams?), avoidance of tobacco/alcohol, and plenty of fluids and good nutrition to optimize your body's function. SLEEP is vital - you may actually have a sleep deficit which may have allowed the virus to take hold. If fevers or troublesome symptoms develop, best to see a doctor.
Go see an othopedist. Get this examined and worked out.
I have a cold, what should I do! My throat is clot up with mucus, runny nose and my throat is very sore! Any treatments you recommend?
Fluids and Rest. Modern science has not yet found a cure for the common cold. Symptom relief is possible with decongestants/antihistamines, chloraspetic for sore throats, and tylenol (acetaminophen) for fevers and pain. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days then you should see your doctor and make sure you dont have strep throat or some other treatable illness. However strep does not usually cause a runny nose.
My ear is killing me! It feels like it needs to be "popped" but I can't pop it I also have a cold. What should I do this has been going on 4 about 24h?
Bulging ear drum? If your ear is that painful you may well have a serious ear infection and may need a doctor to open the ear drug to drain the infecton/ prescribe antibiotics. It is important that you have it evaluated as a ruptured ear drum is less easy to repain and you may risk deafness.
Go see your Doctor. Anytime a physician hears a patient describe their pain as 'killing me' then the doctor states that the patient must be seen. There is nothing to be gained by suffering. This is the very description of when you should put the smart phone away and go to see your doctor!
On New Years Eve, a stranger kissed me. After, he said he might have an STD, I now have a cold sore. What should I do? Is it free to get it tested?
Oral herpes? A single cold sore usually is recurrence of longstanding oral herpes. If you acquired new oral herpes from kissing, probably you would have multiple sores, sore throat, etc. So my guess is you didn't catch this from the stranger's kiss. STDs are not transmitted by kissing (except oral herpes, which isn't considered an STD). See a doctor to confirm diagnosis, but testing may not be free.
Exam. This is probably more than a simply cold 15 days after starting. See your physician. Tylenil for fever, te and honey, Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) for cough- get examined NOW!