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Sneezing. Sore throat. Coughing. People suffering from the common cold are familiar with these symptoms. You can learn how to alleviate those symptoms with help from Walgreens.
Q: What are the signs and symptoms of a common cold?
A: Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache and mild body aches.
Q: Can I avoid catching a cold?
A: Yes, and here are a few tips to help prevent colds:
* Frequently disinfect surfaces in your home and office--especially items people touch, like phones and doorknobs.
* Wash your hands often.
* Keep your fingers away from your eyes and nose to help prevent the spread of germs.
* Avoid close contact with people who have a cold, especially during the first few days when symptoms appear and people are more likely to spread their germs.
Q: If I have a cold, what can I do to feel better?
A: Rest, over-the-counter medicines and other self-care methods may help you or your child feel better. For more information about symptomatic relief, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed.
Q: What causes a runny nose during cold?
A: When cold-causing germs first infect the nose and sinuses, the nose responds and develops clear mucus. Consider a decongestant or saline nasal spray to help relieve nasal symptoms. This helps wash the germs from the nose and sinuses.
Q: How do pain relievers and fever reducers work?
A: Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are two categories of over-the-counter pain relievers/fever reducers.
Acetaminophen is used to relieve headaches, muscle aches and fever. It is also found in many other medicines, such as cough syrup, cold and sinus medicines.
Over-the-Counter NSAIDs are used to help relieve pain and reduce fever. NSAIDs include aspirin, naproxen, ketoprofen and ibuprofen, and are also found in many medicines taken for colds, sinus pressure and allergies, the Food and Drug Administration said.