Medical advise for cold and flue.

Patient

Q: I have flue, and i am feeling cold and my throat is very dry. please advise

Doctor

A:   Hello,
Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com
I understand your concern.
You have typical cold symptoms. You can drink warm water consistently which will provide a lot of relief to your throat. If you develop a sore throat, then betadine/ saline water gargling will be helpful. For cold, you can take Tab. Levocetirizine 5 mg at bedtime. This is an anti-histaminic which helps in reducing the cold symptoms.

In case you end up developing fever and seem to get worse, antibiotics will be required due to a possible upper respiratory tract infection. In that case, you can discuss with your physician and start Tab. Augmentin ( Amoxycillin + Clavulanic acid ), or Levofloxacin after discussing with your physician. These antibiotics are particularly effective in upper respiratory tract infections.

Hope this was helpful,
Regards.

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