If you recently developed cold symptoms like cough, nasal congestion/stuffy nose, runny nose, or a mild sore throat here are some helpful treatments that can be done at home prior to coming in for a visit.
Most common cold (a.k.a. “upper respiratory infection” or URI) symptoms do not need to be treated with antibiotics. If you think that you have a URI, here is a list of some common symptoms and possible remedies you can do at home:
Many over the counter cold and flu medications contain a combination of different medicines. Read the ingredients to make sure that you are not “doubling up” on the amount of medication you should be taking. If you have any questions, ask the pharmacist.
Most of these symptoms are caused by a virus that will resolve in 5-7 days. If your symptoms are not improving after 10 days or are worsening after 5 days, then you should make an appointment at the Colonial Health Center.
If you are experiencing a fever ≥ 101° F (38.3° C) or ≥100.4 lasting 2 or more days, severe headache, very large neck glands, severe sore throat, white spots visible on tonsils at back of throat, skin rash, chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty swallowing own saliva please call 202 994 5300 option #1 to talk with a staff clinician during normal business hours.