Diagnosis and Treatment of Cold and Flu

treatment.jpgMost colds don’t last long and need no specific treatment other than pain-relieving syrup and simple measures such as decongestant rubs or vaporisers. Antibiotics are of no benefit. Zinc supplements may help to settle a cold faster.

Children with flu can be given similar treatments, with lots of rest, sponging with tepid water to bring down a fever and plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Specific antiviral treatments for the flu are now available, but generally these are only given to those at high risk of flu complications

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