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Everyone dreads colds, so when it comes to cold symptom treatment we all are looking for medication that provides quickest way to get over the cold. However, which medication that works best alleviate cold symptoms differ from person to person.
Although over-the-counter, or OTC, cold medicines will not cure your cold, they can make dealing with a cold more comfortable, in which you let it runs its course. In this guide, we cover some a few medications that can help treat cold symptoms in adults.
Congestion and Stuffy Nose
There are many decongestants, which work to reduce the swelling inside your sinuses and nose so that you can breathe much easier. There are two different types
Pills and syrups. For medicines with Decongestants, you will typically see the letter “D” at the end of the medications name. You will want to look for products with phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. Both of these are available over-the-counter, even though they are sometimes stored behind the counter.
Nasal Sprays have phenylephrine and oxymetazoline inside, and they may work faster than syrups or pills. You should not use Nasal sprays for more than 2-3 days in a row, or your congestion may become worse.
You should only take one at a time. Do not take both types of decongestants simultaneously, You may want to start with the nasal spray for the first couple days then start using pills and syrups as you need them.
One of the worsts symptoms is coughing, especially if it is non-stop coughing. There are two common choices you will see for cold flu care. In many cases, doctors do not necessarily try to treat a cough from a cold unless it is keeping you up a night and disrupting other daily functions and routines.
Cough suppressants have dextromethorphan than can stop coughing for a short period; they trigger the part of the brain that controls coughing. Dextromethorphan often called DM does not have any pain-relieving or addictive properties, such as codeine. DM may work for dry coughs or dry hacking cough. However, these will help getting rid of mucus.
The Expectorants are works on the actual area of the body causing a person to cough. Expectorants, such as guaifenesin, will break up congestion in the chest by thinning the mucus in the airways. This way when you cough you more easily get rid of phlegm. You should drink more water if you take this. Taking expectorants will not cause to stop coughing, but create a product cough that helps clear secretions and mucus. However, if you are having productive coughs at night, it may be preventing you from getting sleep and in that you should talk to your doctor.
Cold Medicines for Sore Throats, Fevers Aches, and Pains
If you have common cold, these symptoms are usually mild, when compared to serious ailments, such as the flu or pneumonia. However, if you still feel these symptoms, you should consult your physician and in most cases it is OK to take something such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to ease your pain and lower your fever.
You should always check the medication labels to see what the side effects are. You should follow the instructions exactly as prescribed. Also, consult your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that these medications will not counteract with other medications you are taking.
Some of the most popular natural remedies are vitamin C, echinacea and zinc.
These do not cure colds but may help to expedite the body’s recovering time. Echinacea research often shows mix results of helping the body recover. It is always best to check with your doctor before taking additional natural medicines.
Nasal strips can help you breath better by enlarging the nasal passages when worn.
Drinking plenty of liquids, even hot soups, has been shown in studies, to make the body feel better.
Gargle warm salt water, use throat sprays and suck on ice or cough drops to ease and relieve sore throats.
To help reduce a stuffy or runny nose, try rinsing your nose with salt water.
To prevent skin irritation, from constantly blowing your nose, use petroleum jelly and facial tissue with lotions to prevent redness and soreness.
You can use a humidifier to help break up phlegm in your chest.