Cold & Flu Remedies: Q & A

by EMP Editor on November 21, 2013

Did you know the best way to blow your nose is one nostril at a time?  Yes, according to WebMD you’re encouraged to cover one nostril, blow gently and repeat as necessary.  The pressure from using all of your force could not only cause an earache, but it could potentially force the mucus back into your sinuses.  Also, using a decongestant can help clear a stuffy nose, so you won’t have to blow as much.

How do you deal with a dry, hacking cough?  Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, such as cough suppressants, will help suppress a cough.  Using a humidifier and gargling with warm salt water – which can help reduce throat inflammation – gives much needed moisture.

What can relieve the pain of an achy ear due to congestion?  An over-the-counter decongestant can ease the day by relieving the pressure and pain.

How many days in a row can you use a nasal decongestant?  To avoid symptom rebound (worse nasal swelling when the medication wears off) do not use a decongestant spray for more than three days in a row.

Take the Cold and Flu Remedies: What Works? Quiz on WebMD and see how you score.

Source: webmd.com

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