Health-Related Issues -- Colds & Flu

Symptoms

  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • fever
  • headache
  • runny nose
  • nasal congestion
  • muscle aches

Treatment

  • acetaminophen or ibuprofen for relief of discomfort or fever (don't take aspirin)
  • take decongestants for nasal congestion
  • antihistamines may help decrease runny nose
  • cough suppressants for relief of cough at night
  • drink plenty of liquids
  • throat lozenges for sore throat
  • gargle with salt water (1 tsp. salt in 1/2 glass warm water) for sore throat
  • wash hands frequently to help prevent spread of infection
  • avoid smoking or smoke filled environments
  • get extra rest

Get Advice For

  • fever over 101 F.
  • chest pain or congestion
  • severe headache
  • lymph nodes in the neck that become enlarged or tender
  • shortness of breath
  • earache
  • pain develops in the teeth or sinuses