Just a friendly reminder…

The Common Cold is milder than the flu, generally having a runny or stuffy nose. Colds do not result in serious health problems such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospital visits.

Keep in mind: Viruses do not respond to antibiotics. However, in the case of a secondary bacterial infection, it may be necessary to take an antibiotic.

Treatment: Wash hands frequently at least 20 seconds

Tylenol 2 tablets every 4 hours for temperature and muscle ache (or cough syrup use as directed)

Increased fluid intake

Rest and avoid strenuous physical activity.

Dress warmly when going outdoors.

Practice good infection control by covering your cough “Cough Into Your Sleeve.” Proper disposal of tissues in trash, wash hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

If symptoms worsen, please contact Student Health Services:

http://www.stetson.edu/administration/health-services/

For more information on the common cold visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/colds.html