The disease continues to spread globally and about 80% of cases are experiencing only mild symptoms. Also, the majority of them recover without needing special treatment. Various mild cases can be managed with over-the-counter medicines to help manage the symptoms. We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate all the different over-the-counter medicine choices.
If you have mild symptoms, the first thing to do is to call your doctor and tell them about how you are feeling and if you have any underlying health conditions. They may direct you to simply treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medicines and you may need to contact them if symptoms get worse. However, if you end up in this position, here are some over-the-counter medicines you may have:
- For fever
Acetaminophen is recommended in most cases. This drug is a safe and effective choice for treating fever symptoms along with pains and aches. Acetaminophen is the most often prescribed fever reducer. The way this drug works in the human body is not yet understood fully. However, this is believed to treat fever by acting on the heat-regulating parts of the brain. Wherein, it results in reduced body heath through sweating as well as dilation of blood vessels. It also alleviates symptoms of pain by blocking brain chemicals that send signals of pain.
- For dry cough
The most recommended drug is Lozenges. Some medications for alleviating dry cough are not consistently effective. One widely endorsed home remedy is simply drinking hot tea with honey. This might be the safest choice for young children who might choke on Lozenges.
A dry cough is a cough that does not make any mucus or phlegm. In contrast, a wet cough creates mucus or phlegm from the sinuses or lungs. Other causes of dry cough may include acid reflux, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. Management of dry cough focuses on treating the underlying cause whenever possible. Treatment with this symptom is advised if it interferes with your daily life. One factor that may contribute to this is that these treatments might be effective for some people and have no effect on others. Cough prescriptions are not associated with serious side effects when taken as instructed.
- For shortness of breath
This symptom is usually not treated with over-the-counter medicine. Shortness of breath is usually a symptom of a separate underlying condition. For patients not infected with coronavirus need to have a change of lifestyle. You can start exercising, quit smoking, and avoiding pollutants. Those with coronavirus may be prescribed an inhaler to help open up the airways and let more air into the lungs.
Shortness of breath is an experience of breathing discomfort like you are not able to breathe well and are not getting enough oxygen. In general, it is highly recommended to seek a doctor in these situations:
• Accompanied by a change in mental alertness, nausea, chest pain, fainting, and bluish lips or nails
• Shortness of breath comes on suddenly, severe, and is affecting your capability to function