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All About Colds

If you end up with a cold, then you will feel miserable until the cold is gone. However, there are things that you can do to feel a little less miserable while you have the cold, and there are also things that you can do to help speed up the process for getting over the cold faster. You can learn a lot about colds and how to deal with them and treat them by reading the information on colds in this article.  

Colds can't be treated with antibiotics

The first thing many people want to do when they get a cold is to run to the doctor for antibiotics However, colds aren't something that can be treated with the use of antibiotics. This means, for the most part, that a cold will have to run its course. However, you should still go to the doctor if you have had a high fever, if you have a fever that lasts for longer than a few days, if you feel worse than what one would expect from a normal cold, or if you have anything else that makes you feel as if you would like reassurance from the doctor.

Things that can help with the symptoms of a cold

Some people can have the same cold, but they can have different symptoms. For example, siblings could have the same cold, and they can even have it at the same time. However, one may have a very bad cough and a high fever and the other sibling can have the sniffles and a sore throat. There are medicines that can help with different symptoms, and there are medications that help with many of the symptoms. Some treatments can end up shortening the span of the cold because they contain things like vitamin C which helps boost the immunity system. When the immunity system gets that bit of a push, it can end up fighting the cold off faster.

You want to watch for fevers, because if you are the one that is sick, you won't always know you have one unless you take your temperature, so take it throughout the day if you are feeling bad and have achiness and feel hot or cold. A small fever can be ignored because it can help fight off sickness, but a fever that gets to be more than 101 should be treated with a fever reducer. If you have a fever that won't break or that gets too high, then you should get medical attention immediately.

Visit an urgent care center near you to learn more about cold treatments.