Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The common cold

Although usually minor, colds can make you feel miserable. It's tempting to try the latest remedy, but the best thing you can do is take care of yourself. Rest, drink fluids and keep the air around you moist. Remember to wash your hands frequently.

Mayo Clinic's House Calls sums up the treatment options and categorizes them into what works, what doesn't work, what can hurt and what can't hurt. Click their link - it's not specific to pregnancy but most of the information applies. The Pregnancy Risk Line tells us that in the absence of high blood pressure most over-the-counter cold remedies are considered safe in pregnancy when taken at the recommended adult dose. The same advisories about Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdoses apply - don't double dip by taking a cold reliever that includes acetaminophen along with Tylenol (or other brands) because you could overdose. And, don't take combination products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen as the pain reliever/fever reducer in the product.

Read the article go get some ideas that will help, mostly the basic common sense stuff listed at the top here. The newest treatment on the market is likely not any better than the old stand-bys our grandma used - salt water gargles, chicken soup, saline drops, and fluids. Best Blogger Tips

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