What Ails You: Cold, Flu, or Something Else?
Key symptom: Fever that comes on fast
Best fix: Acetaminophen or ibuprofen
If your fever hits 101°F or 102°F and comes with chest discomfort plus major aches and exhaustion, it’s probably the seasonal flu, says Neil Schachter MD, author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu. Take pain pills for fever and aches, rest, and drink lots of liquids. Those at high riskpregnant, elderly, or chronically illmay need antiviral meds such as Tamiflu or Relenza.
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