Pregnancy Care at Northfield's Women's Health Center
As a general rule, try conservative measures first to relieve bothersome symptoms, and if symptoms worsen despite several days of treatment, contact the office (507-646-1478).
No medication will “cure” a cold; medications will only treat specific symptoms. The best general course of action is to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated, and consider using a humidifier to avoid very dry air, especially in the winter months.
- Congestion: Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus, saline nasal spray
- Cough: Robitussin (plain)
- Sore Throats: Chloraseptic spray or lozenges, Cepacol lozenges, Halls cough drops.
For mild headaches, first try rest, and avoid light and loud sounds. A cool cloth placed on the forehead or over the eyes may help as well.
- Tylenol or generic acetaminophen as directed. Do not exceed 4000 mg of Tylenol in 24 hours.
Avoid spicy foods, carbonated beverages, and acidic foods such as tomatoes/tomato sauces and orange juice. Try not to eat just before bedtime or before lying down, since this can worsen the symptoms.
- Tums, Maalox, Mylanta.
- Simethicone (Gas-X), Mylicon chewables
To avoid constipation, drink plenty of water. Fruits and vegetables, raisin bran, whole grain cereals, prunes and pears are excellent sources of dietary fiber that may help you avoid constipation.
For diarrhea that lasts more than 48 hours, or for bloody stools, contact your doctor.
- Colace (docusate sodium), Metamucil (powder or wafers), Fibercon for stool softeners.
- Laxatives: Milk of Magnesia, peri-colace. Try to limit use to a few days.
- Diarrhea: Immodium.
See tips for avoiding constipation, as this will aggravate hemorrhoids.
- Anusol, Preparation H, Tucks pads