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Cold remedies that can help prevent you from going to the Doctor
The temperatures are rising and it's almost summer, so it seems strange that a pesky head cold is going around.
Area doctors say they have been getting calls from patients looking for antibiotics or other drugs to soothe their symptoms.
Channel 3's Kalie Desimone has what you need to know before you call the doctor to make an appointment.
It all started on Friday, aches, then a sore throat, then came the runny nose followed by severe congestion. What's a girl to do? Wait it out and treat with mom's home remedy? "Chicken soup" sugguest Joan Bullock who is a mother and grandmother. Or should you do what many do, go see a doctor to get antibiotics or steroids? "Taking antibiotics for a head cold and viral illnesses can actually do more damage than good" says Rebecca Hall who is a is a board certified advanced nurse practitioner and has her Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice. Antibiotics are very unforgiving. They can kill bad bacteria, but they also kill off good bacteria- your immune systems needs to do its job. So how long should you 'wait it out'? "Most head colds last 5-7 days and you should treat it symptomatically" says Hall. And after about 7 days if you don't feel better, then see a doctor: "If you are acutely ill with high fevers and significant symptoms" says Hall. So instead of handing over your credit card to pay a co-pay, take a stroll down the cold medicine aisle and pick out what medicine best suits your needs.