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  • Survival Guide for the Common Cold

    • Try over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen for fever and symptom-specific drugs for coughs or stuffy noses.
    • Drink lots of fluids.
    • Use a cool-mist vaporizer to break up congestion.
    • Soothe sore throats with sprays and lozenges.
    • Be patient. It's normal for a cold to last more than a week; coughs can persist for two weeks.

    Woman SneezingIs it the flu? Call the doctor if:

    • fever increases (more 101F)
    • sore throats worsen
    • earaches worsen
    • breathing becomes rapid or difficult