Covid-19: Self-treatment options

⁣I have gotten a tremendous amount of phone calls, texts and DMs lately regarding this Coronavirus. I know you are scared. I know you want to go to the hospital to get tested. But wait... listen to me.⠀⠀

Most clinics and hospitals are ONLY testing high risk patients (elderly, chronically ill, patients with travel history or known exposure, or patients with moderate to severe cold symptoms with shortness of breath). ⠀⠀

If you do not meet these criteria, you will most likely be told to self-medicate with over the counter drugs and stay home for 14 days. ⠀⠀

If you have any mild cold-like symptoms, here are some medications you can take to alleviate your symptoms: ⠀⠀

✅Analgesics/antipyretic: (Tylenol for fever reduction, body aches, headaches)⠀

✅Anti-histamines: (Claritin/ Allegra/Zyrtec)  and steriod nasal spray (Flonase) for nasal congestion, sore throat and cough⠀⠀⠀

✅Cough suppressant: (Delsym, Robitussin, Zarbys) to temporarily reduce coughing episodes⠀⠀

✅Prescribed inhalers and nebulizers for shortness of breath and wheezing (those with chronic asthma or respiratory illnesses)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

❗No ibuprofen or any NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Naproxen) as it may worsen your symptoms. Those already taking NSAIDs for other conditions should not stop without consulting your provider. ⠀⠀

Please, DO NOT go to the urgent care or emergency room if you have mild cold or allergy symptoms. This is important. Do not overwhelm our healthcare system. We are not equipped with deal with ALL these sick patients at the same time. We are already at maximum capacity most days without a pandemic. ⠀⠀

The best and most helpful thing you can do is practice social distancing! STAY HOME, FOLKS. Please, do your part and help us help you. ⠀⠀

If you are absolutely unsure if you should be evaluated in person, please call your local doctor’s office, urgent care or ER. Or send me a message. I will do the best of my ability to help. ⠀⠀

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