Thursday, November 1, 2012

What to Do with a Cold or the Flu


If you have a cold or flu antibiotics won't work for you.

Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. 

Cough and nasal discharge can last over 2 weeks with a virus or flu. Use over the counter medications to alleviate your specific symptoms, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

If symptoms worsen after 5-7 days, go see your medical provider for an evaluation.

Don't forget to get your flu shot!

Have any medical questions for Nurse Practitioner Mimi? 
Please feel free to email your questions to AskMimiNP@housescouchesandbabies.com.

5 comments:

MANDY83 said...

I work at a hospital and we are all required to have flu shots so that is good.

Amanda S

Leslie Swan said...

I agree with Amanda and NP Mimi 100%: flu shots are a must!

won said...

The body can take care of itself in some remarkable ways if we just let it.

I'm a believer of rest, fluids and sweating it out (literally).

brich2222 said...

Wash, wash, and wash your hands and try to avoid crowds!

Jeff Taylor said...

absolutely don't forget to get a flu shot! Thanks for the reminder!

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