Now that colder weather has settled in, we’ll be spending more time cooped up indoors next to our sneezy coworkers.\nThat means, despite your best efforts, you might find yourself hit with a nasty cold or even the flu this winter. And once you’re sidelined with a cold or flu, you have no choice but to let it run its course. Even though there may not be a cure for the cold or the flu, you can take steps to make yourself more comfortable!\nOver-the-counter medications can help to relieve some of the symptoms that accompany the common cold and flu. Yet, there are so many options out there, it can be difficult to understand what medicines can offer the most amount of relief for particular symptoms. So, when you start to struggle with a cough, fever, or stuffy nose, how do you know what type of medicine to take? Here’s a simple breakdown:\n\nHeadache \u2013 Analgesic (like Tylenol, Bayer, Aleve, Advil, or Motrin)\nGeneralized aches\/pains \u2013 Analgesic\nFacial Pain \u2013 Analgesic\nItchy nose\/eyes\/throat \u2013 Antihistamine (like Dimetapp, Benadryl, Chlortrimeton, Tavist, Claritin, Zyrtec, Dramamine, NyQuil, or Allegra)\nFever \u2013 Antipyretic (like Bayer, Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve)\nSneezing \u2013 Antihistamine\nStuffy nose\/congestion \u2013 Decongestant (like Sudafed 12 Hour, Neo-Synephrine, or Afrin)\nDry cough \u2013 Antitussive (like Robitussin DM)\nProductive cough \u2013 Expectorant (like Mucinex)\nRunny nose \u2013 Antihistamine\nSore throat or hoarseness \u2013 Anesthetic and Analgesic\n\n\nIf you have a cold or flu and feel as if you’re not getting better after several days or a week, it’s important to visit a doctor to make sure it hasn’t morphed into something more serious. Visit UPMC Urgent Care to receive immediate attention when you need it most.