The dreaded winter cold is making its way around.
 
Fort Saskatchewan AbEx Pharmacy owner Dalia El Sayed, had some tips for treating your symptoms.
 
“Common cold symptoms are high fever, runny nose, coughing, sputum whether its a dry or wet cough, and the pathogen causing that could be viral or bacterial,” she said.
 
Preventative measures include getting a flu shot (which you can do until March), washing your hands and using proper hygiene.
 
She suggested treating mild cold symptoms with lots of fluid, Vitamin C, a humidifier in the home, saline for nasal congestion, cough medicine or a decongestant and for fevers take Advil or Tylenol.
 
“If it’s viral it will subside by itself, and we only have to treat the symptoms, if it is bacterial in addition to treating the symptoms, we have to use an antibiotic to kill the pathogen,” said El Sayed.
 
Bacterial infections must be treated with antibiotics, so consult your closest pharmacist or doctor if symptoms continue or worsen.

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