How to treat the common cold


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. YOUR THROAT STARTS TO FEEL A LITTLE SCRATCHY.YOU R NOSE STARTS TO RUN. SO TODAY WE TALKED TO A PHYSICIAN WITH THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA. HE EXPLAINS, COLD AND FLU SEASON STARTS IN THE FALL AND GETS WORSE DURING THE WINTER. A LARGE REASON HE SAYS, IS BECAUSE YOUR KIDS GET SICK AND BRING IT HOME. THE MAIN THING YOU CAN DO TO GET AHEAD OF THE SICKNESS–KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN! DR. JAMES WILDE / MCG PROFESSOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE: “WASHING HANDS WHEN THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE THAT ARE SICK WILL HELP TO KEEP IT FROM SPREADING TO YOU. WHEN YOU GOT THE COLD OR FLU BUG, THE MAIN THING IS YOU GOT TO GET SOME FLUIDS. YOU NEED TO GET SOME BED REST, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT ANTIBIOTICS AREN’T GOING TO HELP THIS. THERE ARE SOME OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS THAT WILL, USUALLY THE ONES THAT CONTAIN AN ANTIHISTAMINE AND A DECONGESTANT. THOSE COMBINATION MEDS WILL HELP A LITTLE BIT WITH THE SYMPTOMS IN PATIENTS OVER AGE SIX, UNDER AGE 6 THEY’RE OF NO VALUE, UNDER AGE 2, THEY’RE DANGEROUS.” BRAD: HE ALSO EXPLAINED–THE CHANGE IN WEATHER IS BRAD: HE ALSO EXPLAINED–THE CHANGE IN WEATHER IS SIMPLY A MARKER…NOT THE CAUSE OF YOUR SICKNESS. IN COLDER WEATHER, PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME INDOORS AND CLOSER TOGETHER SO GERMS SPREAD EASIER. . JENNIE:

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