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The common cold virus will last 2-14 days and there is no cure for it. Getting enough rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and (if needed) using over-the-counter (OTC) medications can help.
The Influenza “flu” virus generally makes people feel worse than a cold and if you are sick, especially with a fever, stay home until a fever is gone for at least 24 hours. The flu symptoms usually last about a week or two. Complications can occur and consulting a medical professional can help you decide if you need to seek medical care. Do I Need Antibiotics?
The best defense from the Influenza virus is a Flu Vaccine, which is now given by intramuscular or intradermal shots, or the nasal mist. To avoid both the flu and a cold:
Flu Vaccine Facts
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Knowing exactly what you are allergic to can help you lessen or prevent exposure and treat your reactions. There are several tests to pinpoint allergies:
For allergy sufferers, the best treatment is to avoid the offending allergens altogether. This may be possible if the allergen is a specific food, like peanuts, which can be cut out of the diet, but not when the very air we breathe is loaded with allergens, such as ragweed pollen. Air purifiers, filters, humidifiers, and conditioners provide varying degrees of relief, but none is 100 percent effective. Various over-the-counter or prescription medications offer relief, too.
Summer 2011 Issue: Volume 6 Number 2 Page 20
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