By Tara Weng, GalTime.com
Can you hear them already? The familiar sights and sounds of sniffles, body aches and cough-telltale signs of the cold and flu season. The good news is doctors say you can get a head start on fighting on those bugs by simply stocking your medicine cabinet with common over-the-counter remedies.
According to Dr. Rajlakshmi Krishnamurthy, Vice Chair of Boston Medical Center's Department of Medicine Outpatient Clinics, acetaminophen, decongestants with pseudoephedrine and cough suppressants and expectorants are all effective treatments to manage cold and flu symptoms. "These work to help with the body aches, sore throat, mild headaches and fevers associated with colds and flu," she says. Reading the fine print on the boxes can also be helpful. "I generally tell people to opt for medicines that offer a longer duration of relief," says associate physician Lisa Owens from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Both Dr. Krishnamurthy and Dr. Owens caution,Read More »from What Should You Have In Your Medicine Cabinet This Cold & Flu Season?