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Simple scientific guide for identifying and treating common illnesses?

When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
posted by gray17 on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

 

How to best treat rhinisitis?

The only cold symptom I ever get is a bad runny nose, what drug treats a runny nose and only a runny nose? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Dec 27, 2013 - 13 answers

You Are Not My Epidemiologist, My Virologist, or My Yoga instructor

I think I have the flu--or to be more precise, I think I am fighting the flu. But as usually happens, rather than straightforwardly getting sick and then getting better, I seem stuck in the early stage of not having terribly severe symptoms (congestion etc) but being exhausted, achy, and running a very low-grade fever on and off. This may go on for two weeks or longer. I rarely get "sick". Given that people are most contagious in the early days of flu infection, same with colds if that what it is, does this mean that I am infectious for longer than most people? And based on your opinion on that, is it (a) a good idea for me to go to hatha yoga, (b) where there's an immuno-compromised (person who is doing or has recently completed chemo) person in my class?
posted by sarahkeebs on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Just flu are you?

YANMDoctor. What are the chances that this recent illness was actually the flu? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 11, 2013 - 11 answers

I heard that you were feeling ill ...

I have a cold/flu thing. What can I do to speed my recovery as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Can you catch a cold by sharing a spoon?

How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 18, 2012 - 2 answers

I've been sick forever

I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 23, 2011 - 36 answers

The lowdown on Emergen-c

Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Dec 14, 2010 - 21 answers

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Oct 24, 2009 - 14 answers

Most comforting things in the world

What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Oct 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Comfort foods for the sick around the world?

What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
posted by illenion on Oct 15, 2009 - 67 answers

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available?

What can I do to help my immune system fight against colds/flu since Zicam is no longer available? [more inside]
posted by spacelux on Oct 3, 2009 - 26 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Heal me, Hivemind!

I'm unbelievably sick, probably from running around in the freezing rain. What can I do to get better by tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Mar 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Palliatives for the common cold?

An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Feb 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Homesickness at home.

Nasal congestion on waking... A few possible causes, but a lot of them are ruled out. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 13, 2007 - 13 answers

I'm a snot factory, help!

Why is it I seem to get head colds so easily? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Oct 4, 2006 - 35 answers

Can I suffer through a fever and expect to get better sooner?

If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 21, 2006 - 11 answers

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting the cold or flu?

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2006 - 22 answers

Tissues and Irritated Skin?

How do you avoid irritated skin around the nostrils when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by cm on Jan 23, 2006 - 31 answers

How can I end my chronic illness?

How can I end my chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Jan 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Your best sickness prevention methods:

Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 5, 2005 - 66 answers

Tips for working while sick?

Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 6, 2005 - 14 answers

My nose is bleeding

About three weeks ago I had a nasty cold. Headache, congestion, nose running 24-7. Since then, I wake up every morning to blow my nose out, thick, green, blood speckled mucus having accumulated there. This morning I blew my nose and afterwards a fresh stream of blood poured out. I've never had a nosebleed in my life nor have I ever stuffed any junk up there. Does this warrant a visit to the doctor? ps: I'm not a hypochondriac, it's just that I've never been sick.
posted by jsavimbi on Feb 28, 2005 - 23 answers

How does contagion work with the cold and flu?

Cold/Flu Contagion:

1) Is there any truth to the rumor that "once you manifest symptoms, you're no longer contagious?"
2) If you're recovering from one illness, are you more or less suceptible to others? eg: If I've just gotten over a cold, is my immune system weak and susceptible to strep throat? Or is it on high-alert and likely to protect me better?
3) Following on number 2, why don't more people get multiple viruses/bugs at once, or in rapid sequence? Anecdotally, it seems that most people enjoy an interval of good health after recovering from something. Is that true?
posted by scarabic on Feb 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Vaseline on my nose? Good idea? Really?

I've caught my first cold of the season and the frequent nose blowing is irritating the skin near my nose. I seem to remember a suggestion to use vaseline on the irritated skin - does that sound like reasonable solution?
posted by jperkins on Nov 26, 2004 - 25 answers

Lingering Cough

I've got the Toxic Death Flu. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by eilatan on Dec 31, 2003 - 33 answers

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