Common Colds and Coughs


Colds and coughs are usually minor events and although not serious, they can be enough to interfere with performance at work or school, with sleep and with other daily activities and responsibilities. There really is little that can be done to make cold symptoms resolve more quickly than they will naturally.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can help reduce cold symptoms, but you have to watch for the side effects. These products will not shorten the length of a cold or get rid of it, but they can help make it more bearable. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that cough medications should not be used to treat children.

In adults with underlying medical conditions, there may be unintended side effects of OTC medications, so reading the fine print on the medication label or at least talking to a pharmacist to get advice is essential.

Medfast Urgent Care Centers offer fast, professional medical treatment for colds and coughs. Our average wait time to see patients is less than an hour, compared to Hospital Emergency Rooms, which can sometimes take longer than three to four hours and are much more expensive. We are professionally staffed with highly-skilled, licensed doctors and nurses, and fully equipped to handle testing and treatment for colds and coughs.