Cold & Flu Care
What should I do to feel better?
- For fever, sore throat and body aches:
- Take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) – but do not exceed 4,000 mg per day;
- Alternate with ibuprofen (such as Advil);
- Take them “around the clock;” at the frequency indicated on the product directions – not just when symptoms reoccur.
- For cough:
- Use a cough syrup with the suppressant dextromethorphan (DM), which is usually combined with guaifenesin (a mucus thinner) (such as Tussin DM);
- Take it at the frequency indicated on the product directions – not only when your cough worsens.
- Increase fluid intake:
- Fluids are important while you have a fever;
- Consume fruit juices, sports drinks, soup and water;
- Do not use sugar-free drinks for rehydration.
- Call Student Health at 573-882-7481 if …
- fever remains over 100 degrees for two days;
- productive cough;
- breathing difficulty;
- chest pain;
- or other new severe symptoms
- Stay home from class and work to limit contact with others.
- Limiting contact with others will keep them from infecting others.
The best offense is good defense.
Here are several simple preventive actions that you should practice
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or turn your head into your sleeve)
- Throw the tissue into the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you sneeze or cough.
- Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers to use when soap and water are not easily accessible.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs are spread this way.
- Do not share items such as drinks, food, cell phones, etc.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Sometimes others may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
What are the symptoms of influenza?
The most common symptoms are fever with respiratory symptoms including cough, sore throat and body aches. Headaches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may also occur.