Generally speaking – when your body encounters a harmful substance (virus, bacteria, toxin), your immune system responds to neutralize the threat. Vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, excess mucous and sweating are all pathways your body uses to rid itself of the substance. Fevers are your body’s way of raising the temperature to a level such that a harmful organism can’t survive.
General advice regarding fevers, coughs, runny noses, diarrhea, etc: These are the body’s ways of detoxifying and it’s best to not suppress them. If you do suppress them, then it seems to take longer to heal. The wise pediatrician, Dr Larry Palevsky, has some sound advice for kids that also translates nicely to adults. It is NOT a good idea to use Tylenol, ibuprofen, antihistamines and other over the counter cold medicines to suppress your symptoms. Avoid them when possible, unless you are miserable.
Rapid Virus Recovery by Thomas Levy, MD for in-depth strategies on virus recovery.
I also recommend following the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance Treatment Guidelines (this changes frequently; consider printing the most recent version in case they censor the website):
American Association of Physicians and Surgeons also has an outpatient COVID guide:
I see patients who are experiencing Covid-like symptoms via tele-medicine, and am also happy to provide specific guidance regarding Covid prevention.
- If you are sick now, the cost is $150 for a 30-40 min phone call to go over your symptoms, your medical history, allergies, medications, and give you recommendations for many over the counter remedies and treatments. We go over prescription options and we will work out which would be most appropriate for you. Please call the office at 434-382-1825 and leave a message, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
- If you want to be proactive and have a plan in place just in case, the cost is $75 for a 15-20 min call. We’ll go over preventive strategies, both over the counter and prescription options, medical equipment to have on hand, accompanied by handouts with instructions. Please fill out and return this short form for covid issues and note the best windows of time/date to reach you.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The statements have not been evaluated but the US Food and Drug Administration. You should always consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise, nutritional or supplementation program, or before taking any medication. Where specific products or activities or procedures are recommended, they are my personal opinions and are not to be construed as medical advice. This information is for informational purposes only.