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Tip of the Week #15

Fluids, rest and acetaminophen are the best way to treat colds and the flu. Although you will usually feel better in 4 – 5 days, it may take as long as three weeks to completely recover.

Tip of the Week #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.

Tip of the Week #40

If you have influenza (flu), stay home until you are feeling better and avoid going out except to seek medical attention.

Tip of the Week #38

Most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses. Viral infections can make you just as sick as infections caused by bacteria.

Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.

Tip of the Week #21

Sore throats are common with colds and influenza. If a sore throat is part of these illnesses, it is most likely caused by a virus and a throat swab is not needed.

Tip of the Week #42

About half of the antibiotics prescribed for respiratory tract infections are inappropriate because most of these infections are caused by viruses.

Tip of the Week #32

Antiseptics are products that kill germs on the skin. Hand sanitizers are actually antiseptics. Be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as the only active ingredient.

Tip of the Week #14

A yellow / green discharge from the nose is normal 2 – 3 days after the start of a cold. This does not mean it is a bacterial infection.

Tip of the Week #43

If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, take all of the medication as directed. Don’t stop taking the antibiotic before the prescription is finished, even if you are feeling better.