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 -
How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
posted by mxmm
on Jun 19, 2012 -
I feel a bit stupid asking this, but this has been bugging me for a while: is there some illness that can affect women if they get cold feet? This sounds like an old wives tale, however my wife and mother-in-law get very animated about this, particularly with regard to our 8 year old daughter. Unfortunately I have never managed to get much more detail other than a vague mention of kidneys. My google-fu fails me with regard to even the mention of this as a myth, however I am willing to accept that there is some sort of feminine genitourinary complaint that men are not widely aware of. I would just be happier if I knew exactly what it was. [more inside]
posted by teselecta
on Oct 11, 2011 -
I get a cold every 3-4 months. Runny then stuffy nose, dry throat, maybe a little coughing, low energy, mild headache. Just a run-of-the-mill cold, but it keeps recurring, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by Slinga
on Mar 11, 2010 -
Why do I always have a cough that lingers for about a month after I've had a cold, and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Oct 30, 2009 -
I had plans to ride my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee tomorrow with my husband and two friends (about 100 miles). Now I've come down with a pretty bad cold. Should I cancel or try to power through? Have you ever done a lot of physical activity while recovering from a cold, and how did you fare? [more inside]
posted by misskaz
on Oct 23, 2009 -
I don't think this is, strictly speaking, supposed to happen: meat often comes out of my head when I'm sick. Why? What does it portend? [Warning: so gross.] [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Oct 18, 2009 -
Is my perception of being increasingly freezing cold a sign of something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 11, 2009 -
Dearest Non-Doctors; Is there any chance of my incredibly painful sore throat and swollen lymph nodes going away on it's own? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Feb 6, 2009 -
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 -
If you caught a cold this week
and hacked and sneezed and lacked some sleep
And when you talk you simply squeak —
How do you ward off bronchitis? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz
on Oct 22, 2004 -
I've got a cold. I've been drinking fluids and getting rest, but is there anything I can take that will actually help me get better? Also, what treatments are purely psychosomatic? I've always suspected echinacea.
posted by capndesign
on May 21, 2004 -