Cold & Flu Symptom Relief Tips
There is no cure for the common cold or influenza virus. The usual treatment is to address the symptoms. Over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen for pain and fever, cough suppressants and expectorants for cough, and decongestants to help unclog a stuffy nose may be used to help ease cold and flu symptoms, but antibiotics are ineffective. Antibiotics should be used only when bacterial complications (such as sinus or throat infections) occur.
Below are some simple steps you can take to help treat a cold or flu:
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Note: Concerns about Reye?s Syndrome, a rare but severe illness, are primarily related to use for viral infections in children and teenagers. In these groups, aspirin should not be used to treat flu-related pain and fever.