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.
My clearly ill coworker refuses to go home. [more inside]
I know YANMD, but I am wondering if anyone has been told to cease using a space heater due to chronic pharyngitis or similar illnesses? [more inside]
I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
Are there differences in the symptoms of a common cold with age? Are cold symptoms worse in adults than children? [more inside]
How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
I've had diarrhea and constant vomiting since last night. I can't even keep down water. What should I do to keep from getting dehydrated? [more inside]
My girlfriend has a cold. Multiple people today have told her to take a shot of tequila before bed as a remedy. [more inside]
Why do I vomit so frequently? Is this out of the ordinary? [more inside]
Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
I catch colds with alarming frequency- five or six times a year. If I make any sort of contact with somebody else who is sick, I can expect to have what they have within a day or two. I'm 21, HIV negative (recently tested and long abstinent), a vegetarian with a healthy diet, I excercise frequently and I take vitamins. I'm also currently taking Lexapro for depression. My question is twofold: first, what's wrong with me? Doctors insist that I'm fine. Second, what can I do to keep from getting sick so often in the future?