Treating your symptoms will not make your cold go away, but will help you feel better. Antibiotics are almost never needed to treat a common cold.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen
(Advil, Motrin) help lower fever and relieve muscle aches.
DO NOT use aspirin.
Check the label for the proper dose.
Call your provider if you need to take these medicines more than 4 times per day or for more than 2 or 3 days.
Over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough
medicines may help ease symptoms in adults and older children.
They are not recommended for children under age 6. Talk to your provider before giving your child OTC cold medicine, which can have serious side effects.
Coughing is your body's way of getting mucus out of your lungs. So use cough syrups only when your cough becomes too painful.
Throat lozenges or sprays for your sore throat.
Many cough and cold medicines you buy have more than one medicine inside. Read the labels carefully to make sure you do not take too much of any one medicine. If you take prescription medicines for another health problem, ask your provider which OTC cold medicines are safe for you.
Drink plenty of fluids, get enough sleep, and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Wheezing can be a common symptom of a cold if you have asthma