A cold can make a person thoroughly miserable. What’s worse than having a stuffy head and drippy nose, along with perhaps cough, headache, or sore throat?
Lots of things of course, but when you’re suffering from a cold it’s hard to think about those worse off. All you want is relief, and fast. Should you see a Klikdokter.com doctor?
Think for a moment what you’d like to accomplish by seeing a doctor. You probably know that colds are caused by viruses, and that an antibiotic won’t help a virus. Unless you have an underlying problem that predisposes you to more serious infection, such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), an antibiotic will not get you well more quickly. Your own body’s immune system is what heals a cold.
Since no medication will provide a true cure, what about symptom relief?
There was a time, not that many years ago, when the “good” medicines were available by prescription only. Not any more. Almost every so-called cold medicine is now available over-the-counter, the same medications that were once by prescription.
The biggest problem with treating yourself at home is knowing what medication to use for which symptoms. If congestion or stuffiness is your main symptom, a decongestant is what you’ll need to open your air passages and relieve sinus pressure. There are no prescription decongestants stronger than over-the-counter pseudoephedrine, which you’ll have to ask your pharmacist to obtain. The medicine is available without a prescription, but still kept “behind the counter.”
Some people benefit from an expectorant, which simply thins the mucus so that it drains more easily. Again, there is no stronger prescription medication than over-the-counter guaifenesin, found in Mucinex, Robitussin, and similar products.
If a runny nose or post-nasal drainage is the problem, you may want to dry …