What to Do When You're Sick, But Not Sick Enough

Tools

Story Updated: Jan 23, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Doctors agree that cold and flu symptoms are nothing to sneeze at and that the sooner they're treated, the better chance there is for a quick recovery and minimum disruption of lifestyle. Yet, people hesitate to take medication at the crucial early stage for lots of reasons.

First, it can be difficult to tell where early symptoms will lead. Some people try orange juice or a nap, adding different treatments, step by step, as time passes, if symptoms grow worse.

"I see it all the time," says Chris Gilbert, M.D., author of "Dr. Chris's A, B, C's of Health." "Patients take great proactive steps like washing their hands frequently and taking a multivitamin. They don't know what to do, though, when they start to get sick. They wait until their condition gets so bad that they can't sleep at night or function during the day, so they have nothing to lose by taking something that will put them in a fog."

Drivers, equipment operators, pilots and night workers can't take antihistamines or decongestants that can cause drowsiness.

Others just don't like to take medication or don't like to admit they're vulnerable.

The problem is that when cold and flu sufferers get to the point of taking a medication that will suppress symptoms until the body heals on its own, the action of suppressing symptoms is counterproductive to what the body is doing to help itself.

However, there are over-the-counter medicines that help nip symptoms in the bud. Homeopathic medicines work with the body to help it rebalance and heal itself instead of simply masking symptoms. Clinical studies show that top seller Oscillococcinum helps reduce both the severity and duration of flu-like symptoms. In fact, when patients took it within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, nearly 63 percent showed "clear improvement" or "complete resolution" within 48 hours, according to a study published in a British scientific journal. These results confirm results from previous studies.

"Patients have told me that they feel much better the next morning, even when they thought they would be bedridden the evening before. It's the step to take after proactively trying to prevent illness with vitamins but before it gets to the point where you think you need to mask symptoms with heavy-duty medication," says Dr. Gilbert. "For years I've been telling my patients to keep Oscillo on hand."

This family treatment for 2- to 102-year-olds has a 65-year safety record, no side effects such as drowsiness, and no interactions with other medications or supplements. When you're feeling run down and have a headache, body aches, chills and fever, you will be glad that these sweet-tasting pellets dissolve quickly under your tongue without water.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 250 Characters Left

WBNG and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Featured Professional

Weight Loss

Ageless Medicine

Our practice is focused on enhancing wellness and beauty from the inside out. We promote health through nutrition and exercise, as well as rejuvenation and conditioning of the skin through specialized physician-supervised treatments.

Our overall health has a direct impact on our aging process as well as our outward appearance. Living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of the body is a process that can be learned by anyone with a desire to stay young and fit for life. At Ageless Medicine, we offer services such as medically-supervised weight loss as well as the latest techniques in skin rejuvenation. Our services are available for both women and men.

Dr. Tali Reeis-Martin is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and completed her medical training at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Working in an outpatient setting, she treated chronic and acute obesity-related diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and heart disease. Depression was also common, along with low self esteem and chronic fatigue. Most of her patient visits involved counseling about eating right and living a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Reeis-Martin realized that most of these conditions could have been cured, or even prevented, if the root of the problem, obesity, was appropriately treated. She then became interested in bariatric medicine, attended many seminars, and became a member of the American Society of Bariatric Medicine.

Dr. Reeis-Martin realized that there was a great need for more bariatric practices run by physicians who would be able to provide the time and patience needed to educate patients and design individual plans for them. Bariatric medicine is her passion, and it is her goal to provide safe and effective non-surgical weight loss.

More Videos from Ageless Medicine

Our practice is focused on enhancing wellness and beauty from the inside out. We promote health through nutrition and exercise, as well as rejuvenation and conditioning of the skin through specialized physician-supervised treatments.