(WKOW) -- If you just have a cold, doctors say you really don't need to come see them. However if you're trying to rule out something more serious then it might be a good idea.
Dr. F. Bradford Meyers is a family medicine doctor at SSM Health Dean Medical Group in Waterloo. He says a lot of patients have colds and coughs right now.
For a cold, you'll usually have a stuffy nose, a cough, a sore throat and general aching. You'll feel terrible, but won't have a fever. Dr. Meyers suggested a spoonful of honey, fluids and rest.
A cough is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to symptoms. Dr. Meyers said it can stem from a cold and sometimes last two to three weeks after other symptoms. Again, Dr. Meyers said a spoonful of honey will help as well as cough suppressants.
One thing Dr. Meyers said he doesn't recommend is combination cold and cough medicine. They can cause side effects, and then you don't know which ingredient caused the side effect. Instead he said take Tylenol or ibuprofen for aches and pains.
Dr. Meyers said it's a good idea to see a doctor in either of the following situations:
- You have a fever higher than 101 degrees
- You're really sick, feel better, and then feel really sick again
Dr. Meyers added, the best treatment is prevention. Wash your hands; stay home when you're sick; cover your mouth when you cough.