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Do you have blocked nose runny nose
pressure on face/ears
loss of taste and smell?
It’s NOT HiV.
It’s most likely common cold.
It will stress you – but it will go.
On its own.
Simple tips on how to treat common cold at home
Turn off the Air Conditioner,
Blow your nose
Drink plenty of water – Fruits and juice is okay
Gargle with salt water if sore throat too,
Use paracetamol 2-3 times a day for headache/bodyaches,
Try some antihistamines like loratadine tablets if you have history of allergies,
Do steam inhalation with menthol crystals to relieve congestion
You can try decongestant sprays and tablets to help with blocked nose. Just ask at the pharmacy around you.
Vicks vapor rub helps with common cold.
Do steam inhalation with menthol crystals.
Be careful with “cough/cold medicine”- especially if you are already taking paracetamol/ibuprofen- because some of them already contain it and you may mistakenly overdose.
Do you need antibiotics?
No, you do NOT.
Why? Antibiotics are for bacteria infections. Common cold is caused by viruses. So using antibiotics for a viral infection is like calling a plumber to come and help you repair your laptop. It’s a waste of time and a lack of commonsense.
How about piriton and vitamin c?
You can take it if it has helped you before. Piriton is an antihistamine which can help people who have allergies, and vitamin c has a little evidence medically for being helpful with colds.
So yeah, if you think those two help you, That’s okay.
But if you have:
Common cold beyond 3 weeks,
Not eating at all,
Finding it hard to breathe,
Weakened immune system from cancer, diabetes, heart or kidney failure – Please in all the above cases
Speak with your doctor immediately.
Now to the HIV comment
Those symptoms are not automatically equal to having HIV.
But if you had risky sex or you share sharp objects with people in the last month prior to those symptoms – go and get tested for HIV.
It’s free anyway.
And it helps your peace of mind.