Fighting the common cold and cough

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With cold weather comes runny noses, coughs and colds. So what can you do right now to prepare for cold and flu season?

“There’s really no cure for a common cold,” says NaaDede Badger-Plange, a pharmacist at Piedmont Hospital. “Really what you would do is manage the symptoms that come with the common cold. So depending on the symptoms you have that will determine what medications you take.”

First, knock out the pain. There’s more than just acetaminophen out there.

“There are two major products that you usually will take the first one is either ibuprofen and, other people like to take naproxen.”

When it comes to antihistamines, Badger-Plange says, “the main product that is in the cold medication is diphendyramine… One of the major side effects of this product is drowsiness, so you always want to make sure that you’re not driving after taking this medication.”

Also, if you have a cough, you should look for products with one of these two active ingredients: “… what gualifenesin does is when you have that deep, congested cough.  It helps bring out all the gunk associated with that. When you have that dry cough that you’re trying to suppress then you take dextromethorphan,” Badger-Plange says.

Last but not least, don’t forget the tissues and hand sanitizer!

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