6 Tips for Good Sleep When Your Have a Cold

sick kidA cold can make it difficult to get a good nights rest. If you have a stuffy/runny nose, sore throat or cough, these symptoms can keep you up all night and disrupt your sleep. Sleep is extremely important when you are sick, but how can you get good sleep if your symptoms are just keeping you up at night. Here are some helpful tips to help you get a good nights rest when you are fighting a cold:

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7 Questions You Should Ask When You Go to an Urgent Care

urgent careWhen you make a trip to an urgent care, you are most likely looking for a medical professional to help you in a timely matter. When most people go to an urgent care it usually because the situation is “urgent,” they may not be near their primary doctor, or their primary doctor facility is closed. If you are visiting a urgent care facility you should ask these 7 questions.

  1. Is there a doctor in the house?
  2. Is a radiologist going to read my x-ray?
  3. What kinds of lab tests can I have done here?
  4. Do you provide breathing treatments?
  5. Who is the medical director?
  6. What forms of insurance do you take?
  7. How much is it going to cost?

Click here to learn why these are important questions to ask.

Home Remedies That Do and Don’t Work for the Common Cold

urgent care pediatrics The common cold usually consists of sniffling, sneezing, coughing and congestion. When ever we get a cold or someone we know has a cold, we have our traditions of how we treat a cold. What some people may not know is that some home remedies are not that helpful, and some help a lot. Below are some popular home remedies that do and do not work.

1. Honey – It works!

2. Vitamin C – It doesn’t help while you have a cold, but if taken on a regular basis it can help shorten the duration of a cold

3. Zinc – It can help!

4. Hot liquids – They work!

5. Chili pepper – It doesn’t work!

6. Echinacea – There is little evidence that herbal remedies help a cold

7. Salt water – It can help break up nasal congestion and rinse out sinuses

 

Click here to learn more about these home remedies and why they may or may not work.