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