I'm an English-speaking American in Paris and I have a fever and sore throat. I can read basic French but successfully communicating with a pharmacist is way out of my league. I've managed to get ibuprofen and cough drops but what I really want is a multi-symptom medication like Alka-Seltzer Cold to get me through the doubtless approaching congestion and cough which is going to hit right as I'm boarding a plane back to the States. [more inside]
What are different cultures' home remedies for sore throats, coughs, and head colds? (Not only foods & drinks, but also things to inhale & otherwise comfort.) [more inside]
Who's got an easy, spicy, flavorful, low-carb variant on the best known cure for the common cold? [more inside]
8yo throws up for 2-3 consecutive days when he first gets a common cold. You're not my doctor, but is this really a normal thing? [more inside]
Occasionally I feel like I've got extremely mild cold symptoms that go away after a day or two. A very mild sore throat and a slightly stuffy nose, for example. What's going on? Am I catching a normal common cold rhinovirus and my immune system is just fighting it very effectively? Or am I catching a specific mild, almost asymptomatic variety of rhinovirus or some other virus? Or are these just normal non-specific symptoms that are unrelated to a cold? (Asking out of curiosity, not concern).
I've been getting that coming-down-with-a-cold feeling a lot lately, but it hasn't turned into a cold. Is my immune system super effective against cold viruses, or is there some other explanation? [more inside]
What risks are involved with taking more pseudoephedrine if the first dose didn't last anywhere near 24 hours?
The warnings on the Wal-Itin D box say "do not take more than once every 24 hours." Most medications warn against taking more than X every Y hours, but they are usually hedging their bets. Is this kind of medication different, and, if it is, can I take something else that might help without worrying about contraindication? (Sinuses-want-me-dead information inside) [more inside]
Should I go on antibiotics even if I'm not sick? [more inside]
Month-long cold: looking for advice and words of encouragement. [more inside]
Whenever I catch a cold, I get symptoms in only one side of my face. Why? [more inside]
Are there differences in the symptoms of a common cold with age? Are cold symptoms worse in adults than children? [more inside]
Here in the US, TheraFlu was reformulated a few years ago (specifics) supposedly due to the meth panic. Anyhow I feel like I've lost the one thing that actually worked and helped me sleep when I get a cold. Is it feasible to buy the original formula on the gray market from overseas?
How can I tell if I am experiencing allergies or a cold? [more inside]
Every time I get sick (common cold), I get an itch on my back that persists. It's annoying, but as soon as I get better, it goes away. Anyone have any ideas as to what causes it, or am I just a medical anomaly? [more inside]
Immune System: Is it possible to weaken the immune system by boosting it too much and too often? [more inside]
I'm battling my third head cold this year, which is really rare for me. Usually I have one cold per year, maybe two. This is also the first full year I've had the pleasure of working in a cube farm. I'm wondering, is there a correlation between working in cubicles and the spread of diseases? Does anyone have any information to back up this theory?