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The phlegm should clear up on its own. If not, there are some self-help techniques (cool-mist humidifier and drinking enough fluids)1 and over-the counter medicines to relieve symptoms. Consult your physician before the use of any pharmaceutical product.
Most of the time, infections are caused by viruses like the common cold and do not require antibiotics. Check with your doctor if a bacteria is causing your cough, only then antibiotics are recommended.
More important than just suppressing your cough is to understanding the cause of your cough. Once the cause of the cough is known, cough suppressants may help decrease the intensity and frequency of cough.
During pregnancy, cold and cough are common. Doctors discourage the taking of unnecessary medicines. In order to get rid of the cold and cough, it is advisable to try out some home remedies (e.g. saltwater, ginger, hot drinks, turmeric, etc.)
The flu and colds are caused by different viruses. Flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems while the flu can lead to very serious associated complications.
|Signs and symptoms||Flu||Cold|
|Sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat||Sometimes||Common|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common||Mild to moderate|
|Duration of Symptoms||
after 2-3 days
may last up
to 5 days.