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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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Amoxicillin capsules
Is Augmentin Better Than Amoxicillin?
Chicken noodle soup
5 Ways to Help a Friend With the Flu
Woman lying on the couch with the flu
What Is Relenza and Can It Help With the Flu?
Woman with nasal congestion
The 7 Best Sinus Decongestants of 2021
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The 7 Things You Should Do When You Get the Flu
Man Using Nasal Spray Inhaler.
What to Know About Using a Nasal Spray
Sick woman taking her temperature
Signs Your Fever Might Be Serious
Man coughing at visit with a doctor.
When to See a Doctor If You Have a Bad and Worsening Cough
Cinnamon and honey
Can Cinnamon and Honey Really Cure the Flu?
A woman blowing her nose
Can Umcka Ease Cold Symptoms?
Can Elderberry Prevent or Reduce Cold Symptoms?
Doctor examining patients throat in doctors office
When to See a Doctor About Cold and Flu Symptoms
The Right Way to Use a Thermometer
man rinsing sinuses
3 Easy Ways 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
What to Expect When You Need an Expectorant
honey for cough
Can Using Natural Remedies Help Your Cough?
mother using cloth to wipe feverish daughter's forehead
Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol to Bring Down a Fever?
Tamiflu packaging
Should You Use Antiviral Medications for the Flu?
cold medicine on nightstand with woman in bed in background
The Right Way to Treat Your Cold
young woman blowing her nose with her boyfriend in the background.
Congested? Here's When You Should See a Doctor
Closeup woman pouring medication or antipyretic syrup from bottle to cup.
Will a Decongestant Relieve Your Cold and Flu Symptoms?
Throat lozenges close up
How Cough Suppressants Actually Work
A doctor writes a prescription for medication.
Prescription Medications for Colds or Flu
Learn Why You Probably Don't Need Antibiotics for a Cold or Flu
Cold medicine and sick woman drinking
Choosing the Right Cold Medicine for You
boxes of tamiflu
Can Tamiflu Help Shorten the Duration of Your Flu?
A bowl of honey and cinnamon sticks on a tray
Can Cinnamon and Honey Cure the Common Cold?
Young boy at school coughing into his arm
What Are Some Cough Remedies for Your Children?
Cut ginger
11 Popular Natural Remedies for the Common Cold
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Try This List of Natural Remedies for Helping Deal With the Flu
Can Oscillococcinum Treat the Flu?
What Kind of Cough Do You Have?
Doctor showing patient results on a tablet.
How to Find a Doctor When You Are Sick
What Could Happen If You Take Someone Else's Antibiotics?
Pelargonium Sidoides syrup, extract, and tincture
Can the South African Geraniums Treat Colds and Brochitis
Yerba santa powder, dried herb, capsules, and extract
The Health Benefits of Yerba Santa
Cough Drops
The 6 Best Cough Drops of 2021
Hands holding pills
Will Allergy Medications Even Help With Cold Symptoms?
Cough Medications
How to Choose the Best OTC Cough Medication for You
Man holding sinus area
What You Need to Know Before Taking Aleve-D Sinus and Cold
Man coughing
What You Need to Know About Robitussin Cough and Cold CF
Boogie Mist Nasal Spray for Kids Review
Man sick in bed
What You Should Know Before Using Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime
A woman looking medicine in the pharmacy aisle
Overview of Sudafed PE for Cold and Flu
cold medicine aisle
Can I Take This Cold Medication With That One?
Woman rubbing something into bottom of the feet
Can Vicks Vapo Rub on Your Feet Cure a Cough?
Be Careful of Overdosing on Cold and Flu Medications
Girl sitting up in bed coughing
What to Know About Zarbee's Naturals Cough and Cold Products
woman looking at medication in store aisle
Cold and Flu Relief From the Drugstore
Tylenol tablets
The Best OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers for You
Robitussin cold medicine
What You Need to Know Before You Buy Robitussin DM
FDA Issues Warning On Drug Found In Over The Counter Pain Medicine Aleve
Is There a Medication for All Your Cold and Flu Symptoms?
FDA Announces Use Of Zicam Nasal Spray Can Lead To Loss Of Smell
Can Zicam Cold Remedy Help Shorten Your Cold?
Ibuprofen pain relief tablets
Should You Take Ibuprofen for Your Cold or Flu?
Nighttime Congestion
Can Sudafed Help If You're Stuffy and Congested?
Woman coughing
How Effective Is DayQuil Compared to a Regular Pain Reliever?
Girl taking cough syrup
What You Should Know About Delsym Cough Syrup