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Your nose is stuffy, that sore throat is acting up, and you’re coughing up a storm. You know it – that first fall cold is right around the corner. While your first course of action may be to pay a visit to your favorite health center on campus, did you know you can save yourself the trip and soothe that sickness on your own?
That’s right, if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, your best bet to a quick recovery is to stay home & rest. Most flus and colds last around 10 days, but symptoms can stick around longer. It’s completely normal to have that cough, runny nose and congestion hang around.
What else can you do to get better?
- If you’re feeling feverish, monitor your temperature and keep that fever down with acetaminophen or ibuprofen (and make sure to use accordingly as instructed).
- Note that the flu and cold are viral infections, so antibiotics won’t help! If you’re coming down with a cough but no fever, steer clear of antibiotics entirely.
- Drink tons of fluids! If you have a dry cough, warm water and hot tea can help ease it.
- Use a vaporizer or humidifier to add moisture to the air and make your nose, throat, and chest feel better.
- Only take pain relievers if you have headaches or body aches, and avoid taking aspirin.
With plenty of rest and some TLC, you’ll get through this just fine . Drop by our comprehensive self-care pages for some foolproof ways to fight off the sick.
If symptoms persist and it’s not looking up, a good rule of thumb to know when to get seen is when you have a cough with a fever over 100°F (be sure take your temperature using an oral thermometer), or if you are experiencing nasal discharge or drainage for over 10 days. Concerned about your symptoms or have questions? Call us at 608-265-5600.