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Cold and Flu Treatment

Over-the-counter medications, rest, and hydration usually provide relief for the cold or flu, but sometimes it's not enough. Learn when to see a doctor.

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Chicken noodle soup
What You Can Do for a Friend With the Flu
Woman lying on the couch with the flu
Using Relenza as an Antiviral Flu Treatment
Woman with nasal congestion
The 7 Best Sinus Decongestants of 2021
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How the Flu Is Treated
Man Using Nasal Spray Inhaler.
What to Know About Using a Nasal Spray
Sick woman taking her temperature
This Is When to See a Doctor for Your Fever
Man coughing at visit with a doctor.
When to See a Doctor for Your Cough
Cinnamon and honey
Do Honey and Cinnamon Cure the Flu?
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Can Umcka Ease Colds and Sore Throats?
Elderberry: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and Interactions
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When to See a Doctor for Cold and Flu Symptoms
How to Use a Thermometer to Check for Fever
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How to Rinse Your Sinuses
Sick woman with a humidifier
How to Choose the Right Humidifier for Your Needs
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6 Ways to Stop a Cough
Woman blowing nose
Expectorants: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages, Precautions
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Using Natural Remedies for Coughs
mother using cloth to wipe feverish daughter's forehead
Can I Use Rubbing Alcohol to Bring Down a Fever?
Tamiflu packaging
Should You Use Antiviral Medications for the Flu?
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How a Cold Is Treated
young woman blowing her nose with her boyfriend in the background.
When to See a Doctor About Nasal Congestion
Closeup woman pouring medication or antipyretic syrup from bottle to cup.
How Decongestants Work and Their Possible Side Effects
Throat lozenges close up
Understanding Cough Suppressants
A doctor writes a prescription for medication.
Prescription Medications for Colds or Flu
Why You Don't Need Antibiotics for a Cold or Flu
Cold medicine and sick woman drinking
Can Cold Medicine Be Dangerous?
boxes of tamiflu
Taking Tamiflu to Treat the Flu
A bowl of honey and cinnamon sticks on a tray
Home Remedies: Can Cinnamon and Honey Cure a Cold?
Young boy at school coughing into his arm
Medicinal and Home Cough Remedies for Kids
Cut ginger
11 Popular Natural Remedies for the Common Cold
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Natural Remedies for Combating the Flu
Oscillococcinum: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and Interactions
How to Diagnose and Treat a Cough
Doctor showing patient results on a tablet.
How to Find a Doctor When You Are Sick
Don't Take Antibiotics That Aren't Prescribed to You
Pelargonium sidiodes (black geranium)
Pelargonium Sidoides: Benefits, Side Effects, Interaction
Yerba santa powder, dried herb, capsules, and extract
Yerba Santa: Benefits, Side Effects, and Preparations
Cough Drops
The 6 Best Cough Drops of 2021
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Taking Allergy Medications for a Cold
Cough Medications
Choosing Over-the-Counter Cough Medications
Man holding sinus area
Before You Buy Aleve Cold and Sinus
Man coughing
What Is Robitussin Cough and Cold CF?
Boogie Mist Nasal Spray for Kids Review
Man sick in bed
Before You Buy Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime
A woman looking medicine in the pharmacy aisle
Overview of Sudafed PE for Cold and Flu
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Can I Take This Cold Medication With That One?
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Can Vicks Vapo Rub on the Feet Help With a Cough?
Overdosing on Cold and Flu Medications
Girl sitting up in bed coughing
All About Zarbee's Naturals Cough and Cold Products
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Over-the-Counter Cold and Flu Medications
Tylenol tablets
Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
Robitussin cold medicine
What to Know Before You Buy Robitussin DM
FDA Issues Warning On Drug Found In Over The Counter Pain Medicine Aleve
All About Multi-Symptom Cold and Flu Medications
FDA Announces Use Of Zicam Nasal Spray Can Lead To Loss Of Smell
Is Zicam Effective at Treating Cold Symptoms?
Ibuprofen pain relief tablets
Ibuprofen Pain Reliever Facts and Concerns
Nighttime Congestion
Sudafed Drug Profile and Side Effects
Woman coughing
What You Need to Know About DayQuil Cold and Flu
Girl taking cough syrup
What You Should Know About Delsym Cough Syrup
sinus rinse pot
Sinus Rinses to Clear Congestion
Pouring some cough syrup
Is NyQuil Right for You and Your Symptoms?