How to Choose an OTC Medicine for Your Cold and Flu Symptoms
The common cold is named common for a good reason. Most adults in the U.S. get, on average, two to four colds per year,1 with an all-too-familiar list of symptoms. Common cold symptoms include nasal congestion, headache, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, and runny nose. The flu, that other bad actor that comes around every winter, can cause many of the same symptoms as colds, with the addition of fever, chills or sweats, muscle aches and pains.1 But while you might be able to dodge the flu with a yearly flu shot, there are no vaccines for the common cold. There’s also no ‘cure’ for the common cold, either.
Early, effective treatment for flu symptoms can greatly lessen their severity.1
Vicks offers an extensive family of cough, cold, and flu products for everyone in your family, customized to provide the best combination of ingredients for many types of cough, cold, and flu. These products won’t cure your respiratory infection, but they can help you feel a whole lot better while you are getting well.
Many over-the-counter cold and flu medicines treat multiple symptoms. Make sure to identify what cold and flu symptoms you may be experiencing so you can get the relief you need.
Keep reading to find out what over-the-counter cough, cold, and flu product you can take to relieve your symptoms, and how they work.
Nasal Congestion and Sinus Congestion
Runny Nose and Sneezing
Influenza: Diagnosis and Treatment. Am Fam Physician, 2019. 100(12): p. 751-758 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31845781/?from_term=influenza+symptoms&from_size=20&from_pos=4