LAS VEGAS - As many valley residents brace for colder temperatures, others are fighting colds and the flu. The cold and flu season is in full swing, and that is keeping health care facilities busy.
Many people are showing up at places like the Advanced Urgent Care Clinic near St. Rose Parkway and Eastern Avenue, looking for relief. Others are seeking remedies at valley drug stores.
Pharmacist Molih Orock says this is a busy time of year. He says people should be careful about the cold and flu medication they take. Cold sufferers should avoid taking multiple medications, because they may react negatively with one another.
"Typically, we get patients that use the same medications and that come in different generics, and they don't realize they're using the same medication over and over, so that could be a problem," he said.
Cold sufferers should also avoid taking too many antibiotics. Doctors and pharmacists say they're seeing an increasing number of people developing a resistance to certain antibiotics. People can also develop a resistance to over-the-counter remedies. Ultimately, if you have questions, ask a doctor or pharmacist.
"If you talk to a pharmacist, they're well educated to know what advice to give you and what medications you can get to have remedied the symptoms," Orock said.
Doctors and pharmacists will also try to determine if you have a viral or bacterial infection, which would require different treatments.
Some people try to avoid catching colds in the first place by taking products such as Airborne or Emergen-C. Dr. Craig Jorgensen with Advanced Urgent Care says there may not be solid scientific evidence to show how effective these products can be.
Others choose home remedies such as tea with lemon and honey. Dr. Jorgensen says if the home remedies work, use them.
"I think for symptoms, they can work. I think if you have a sore throat, a good thing is lozenges, and honey would have the same effect as a lozenge," he said. "A lot of times if it is a viral infection, you're a healthy person. You just want to do supportive care with fluids, Tylenol and lozenges. The honey would help to soothe the sore throat."
Doctors say when cold weather strikes, bundling up is important for the elderly and children, but most colds result from exposure to sick people and not from outside temperatures.