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Cold since a week, congestion, taken dcold, benadryl, don't want to take antibiotics. Suggestion?

i am suffering from cold past one week..i have been taking dcold total 3 times a day and started benadryl congestion relief since one day.but my there is no improvement infact past 2 days when i stoped taking tab i feel i have more congestion . i dont have running nose its all congested.i want to avoid antibiotics as most effect me except for ofloxacin , i have mild fever too, please suggest
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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Normally the common cold remains for almost 7-10 days and after that only it regress completely. As common cold is a viral infection and there is no role of antibiotic treatment. Most of the time symptomatic treatment is all that required in the form of anti fever drugs like paracetamol and antihistaminic for the the irritating allergic symptoms and congestion. Sometimes some cough syrups are also used for cough suppression.
Apart from drug treatment non pharmacological measures are also very important. One important thing is take proper rest during the viral cold and take plenty of water. Apart form this steam inhalation is also very good for the viral infection in common cold.
But sometime use of antibiotics are also required when there is some feature of bacterial infection and your condition is deteriorating. This can be confirmed with the consultation of your physician and if there is really some requirement, you should take the antibiotics also. Type of antibiotics are selected according to the using pattern of that area and regulation.
Thanks and take care.
Answered: Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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