Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists and Registered Dietitians!” Join our pharmacists and registered dietitians as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.
Is it possible to get rid of a cold in a day? Should I stay home, or go back to work?
Is it possible to get rid of a cold in a day? Unfortunately, it is not. However, you can use some over-the-counter remedies to help alleviate your symptoms; to help you better manage, while the infection runs its course. There is no cure for the common cold, and infections with a cold will typically last about a week - but there are some symptoms, like a cough, that can persist up to 14 days. If you are sick with a cold, you should absolutely stay home, if you’re feeling unwell. This is going to make sure that you’re giving your body a chance to rest, so that you can recover, and will help minimize any risk of transmission to others. Over the counter medications are available to help combat some of those symptoms, such as fever, achiness, nasal congestion, runny nose, and a cough.
Whether you have questions about your prescription medications, over-the-counter products, immunizations, or other health concerns, our pharmacists and registered dietitians are here to help.
The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.
The information included in this recording is correct as of September 24th, 2021