Times Union: Capital Region Residents Catching Cold With Staying Power

The Times Union published a story about the perils of cold season, and and a particularly bad cold that seems to be plaguing residents of the Capital Region.

Dr. Richard E. Lavigne, of St. Peter’s Internal and Pediatric Medicine, lent his perspective to the story:

Symptoms that justify a doctor’s visit, according to Dr. Richard Lavigne of St. Peter’s Health Partners, include a persistent fever of more than 101 degrees, greenish nasal discharge, wheezing, or coughing up saliva and mucous.

So what can you do if you have The Cold? Antibiotics will not help, because they are useless against a virus. (They combat bacteria, which are different types of germs.) Sometimes a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if an illness has gone on for a while, with the thought that a bacterial infection has developed, Lavigne said. But doctors increasingly avoid prescribing them, due to concerns that overprescribing is fueling the growth of so-called antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

So you’re left with over-the-counter remedies that can help decrease coughs and congestion, and acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce headache and fever.

Mainly, doctors said, take it easy and drink a lot.

“I’m a believer in rest and fluids, and to let the body’s immune system do its work,” Lavigne said.

Read the full story here.

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