People often suffer from infections that cause symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sinus congestion, sore throat, ear discomfort, and even mild fever or chills.

These infections are usually caused by a virus.

Most of the time, even people who think they have “Strep Throat” actually have a viral throat infection.

THE BAD NEWS: antibiotics do not work on viruses.

THE GOOD NEWS: Your body will fight off the virus on its own, usually within 7-10 days.

DID YOU KNOW? Coughs, colds & sore throats last longer than most people think. Most of the time, you will be sick for at least 10 days.

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  • diarrhea, vomitting, and upset stomach
  • rashes
  • more severe allergic reactions
  • resistance to antibiotics in future infections when they might really be needed.

We understand that you are sick and want to feel better! Unfortunately, in most cases, there is nothing a doctor can prescribe you that will get you better any faster.

Most of the time, you do not need to see a doctor. Your body simply needs time to fight off the infection. In the mean time, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better.


  • Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Throat sprays, such as Cepacol, are very good at relieving sore throats. You can simply re-spray as needed.
  • Nasal Saline flushes or Neti Pots are very good at relieving nasal congestion and sinus discomfort.
  • Studies show that Vicks VapoRub can reduce cough & cold symptoms. Some people even find it helpful to run over their sinus areas.
  • All of these treatments are available over-the-counter from the pharmacy. You do not need to see your doctor for a prescription. You can also ask your local pharmacist for other useful products.


  • Severe or persistent fever.
  • If you have trouble breathing or wheezing – especially if you are a smoker, have chronic bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, asthma, or other lung problems.
  • If your symptoms are getting worse after 7-10 days.
  • If you just have a very sore throat and fever, but no stuffy nose and no cough (this may be a true “Strep throat).”
  • If your sore throat is much worse on one side, or if you have trouble opening your jaw, or turning your neck.
  • If you are very unwell, or have any other concerning symptoms.