First Symptoms Of A Cold Or Flu? What To Stock In Your Medicine Cabinet

For some, that yuck season is here, yes, unfortunately for those who live in the northern climes of North America, you have to arm yourself for the annual battle that is the cold and flu bug season. So one of the last things you want when suffering from a cold is to get out to your drugstore to find medicinal relief, what you need to do is get ready beforehand.

So this winter season, it’s well advised that you load up your medicine cabinet with the proper remedies to get rid of that nasty feeling as soon as possible.

But First, Clean Up:
If your medicine cabinet is like most, it’s probably stocked full of unrecognizable meds that has been sitting there for years. So before you decide to stock up with what you really need, take the time to clean it out, this is recommended especially when it involves antibiotics.

For most when they first catch a cold or flu bug, always try to self diagnose themselves, and take something that doesn’t help or when its too late.

Any drug that’s a prescription and is over six or more months old, should be thrown out. Especially if it does not have an expiry date as you then have no idea how old it is, or when the medication was actually dispensed.

The same goes for natural herbal remedies and vitamins that has been sitting there for more than six to nine months. If you can’t read what it says on the label, or you or your family no longer use the medication, or the medicine has changed color, toss them out.


What You Need In Your Medicine Cabinet:
Did you know that there are more than 150 known worldwide viruses that can cause a cold of flu? Common symptoms as you are now well familiar, includes a sore raw throat, runny nose and congestion, headaches and a fever, as well as a cough.

The secret is the sooner that you start treating a cold or a flu, the instance you feel one coming on, the better you’ll feel and can intercept it’s progress. For this, it’s recommended you keep a bottle of Tylenol or Advil handy around the home for those early symptoms. Even for these medications, one should not drive or use of heavy machinery.

Different types of ailments require different cures and medication. Ask a pharmacist as he may be able to recommend: an antihistamine like Benadryl, a decongestant such as Sudafed, a cough syrup such as Robitussin, or saline drops for nasal congestion. These are all over the counter remedies that can intercept symptoms when they start.

Keep in mind that most of these medicines are not recommended for children, if your child has symptoms of a cold, remedies for the little ones are vitamin C tablets, fresh garlic and of course moms homemade chicken soup. Kid specific cough drops are good to keep around the house as well, make sure to buy the sugar-free ones, such as Fisherman’s Friend, since sugar actually promotes and irritates the throat even more.

When your body gets a fever, its a natural response to fight any infection that’s entered the body, so you will also need a good accurate thermometer. For adults, the normal body temperature should range around 97.4F to 99.6F. If you go above 100.4F, then you’ve officially got a fever. A kids normal temperature should be around 98F, if it tops 100F, that’s considered a fever.

If you have a mild fever, strong medication is not required, keep it as simple as possible with Tylenol, which contains acetaminophen as its main active ingredient. Taking Motrin or Advil which contains ibuprofen also helps, but not combined. All these drugstore remedies have child-safe options as well for when your kids happen to feel under the weather. If the symptoms persist, go see your doctor.

Advil also acts as an anti-inflammatory if you have swollen joints or some type of sprain. Make sure you just take the recommended two or three tablets every four hours as on the bottle for anti-inflammatory relief. A heat or cold pack also works as a natural remedy.

If you get a upset stomach, which can happen at any time of the night or day, your stomach is telling you that it needs a rest and thus you should stick to clear fluids. Stomach relief medication such as TUMS are always handy to have around. The active ingredient is calcium carbonate. Another product is Maalox, which contains magnesium hydroxide. Mild diarrhea, yuck, the best is to allow it to run its course and keep yourself hydrated. For severe cases, Imodium or Antacid is recommended.

Additional Items To Store:
Make sure you have lots of tissue, good anti-bacterial hand soap, alcohol wipes used to disinfect faucets, door handles and any other areas that may be infected.

Drink plenty of fluids and keep a good book around. Sniff.

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