Having a cold and flu kit could save you a trip to the doctor - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Having a cold and flu kit could save you a trip to the doctor

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Many of us don't really think about getting sick until we actually do. Then, we wake up with a fever, headache or sore throat, and have nothing in the house to treat it!

There's nothing worse than being sick as a dog, and having to get in your car and drive to the drugstore. If you put together a cold and flu kit now, you can avoid all that. All you need are five things.

CVS Minute Clinic nurse practitioner Sheila Wilkey knows colds and flus. She sees them every day, and she volunteered to put together a cold and flu kit for FOX 5. The first item for the kit -- Mucinex.

"Mucinex helps to break up congestion and helps to move it, get it out, so that you're coughing it up and getting it out, you're able to blow it out," said Wilkey.

 The second item for the kit was cough medication.

"This is going to help you with some chest congestion, stuffy nose and cough, and give you some rest and a break from that cough that's keeping you up at night," explained Wilkey.

If have high blood pressure, be careful because some cough medication can raise it. Wilkey says make sure you have an allergy medication, like an antihistamine.

"That you can take once in the morning, once at night and will help prevent that mucus drip that is really bothersome from your nose back in your throat. Makes you coughy," said Wilkey.

One thing people really need, but often don't have or can't find, is a working thermometer.

"A thermometer is very important, especially in our children to know how substantial that fever is. The higher the fever, perhaps the more serious the illness is," Wilkey said.

The last thing you need is pain medication. Wilkey recommends ibuprofen - which can lower fever, reduce inflammation, and cut your pain.

"When you're not feeling well, pain can be paramount. Once you're behind pain, it's very difficult to treat it and get in front of the pain again," said Wilkey.

All five items in this kit will cost you about $25 to $30 dollars. It may be worth it the next time you wake up feeling like a truck hit you.

"And when you have the flu and you feel like you can't get out of bed, reach for your kit, see if that helps, and if it doesn't come in and be evaluated," advised Wilkey.

Other items you may want to add to your kit are tissues, sports drinks, orange juice and chicken soup. With the kit and these items, you'll be ready for anything.

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:42:55 GMT
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Easy 'fat burning' recipes

    Easy 'fat burning' recipes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:40:05 GMT
    Here are the recipes from Nancy Waldeck of the Cancer Wellness Center of Piedmont Hospital.
    Here are the recipes from Nancy Waldeck of the Cancer Wellness Center of Piedmont Hospital.
  • FOX Medical Team

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:19:49 GMT
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Stars of 'Get On Up' The Story of James Brown, visit Good Day

    Stars of 'Get On Up' The Story of James Brown, visit Good Day

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:55:46 GMT
    In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP.
    In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP.
  • Good Day Atlanta

    Pike Nurseries: Attracting Hummingbirds

    Pike Nurseries: Attracting Hummingbirds

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:05:09 GMT
    Hummingbirds and other winged wildlife can add beautiful color and movement to a garden. You can enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of these featured friends, while also helping them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening.
    Hummingbirds and other winged wildlife can add beautiful color and movement to a garden. You can enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of these featured friends, while also helping them access food, shelter, water and sunlight with hummingbird gardening.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices