Finding relief for your cold symptoms

Having a cold can be miserable. Sneezing, a stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, cough, headache and fatigue can leave you searching for ways to find relief from your symptoms.

Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine says you don’t need antibiotics to feel better and most cold relief can come from over-the-counter medications.

“Many people firmly believe they won’t get over a cold unless they have antibiotics,” he says. “Taking antibiotics in most mild upper respiratory infections is not helpful. In fact, this could lead to germs that are antibiotic resistant in the future, which is harmful to your health.”

Check out his suggestions for cold relief in the infographic below:


If your symptoms don’t improve after five days, it’s time to head to the doctor. Steinbauer said if you experience high fever, wheezing or shortness of breath, or if you have asthma that requires daily medication for control, make an appointment with your health care provider.

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