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Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/ACETAMINOPHEN/ANTIHISTAMINE -
ORAL Theraflu Cold & Sore Throat Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
Generic Name: EMOLLIENTS - TOPICAL Cold Sore Top Uses
This medication has 2 types of ingredients (emollient,
keratolytic) that work together to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy
skin (e.g., eczema, keratosis, xerosis). Dry skin is caused by a loss of water
in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients are substances that soften and
moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Emollients/moisturizers
work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the
skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and dimethicone are common
Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea are keratolytics.
They increase moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance
(keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This helps the dead
skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in. Higher strengths of
urea are used to treat corns, callous, and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown
This month various news outlets have been trumpeting the announcement of an increased risk of dementia if you’re prone to cold sores. Like so many news announcements that sensationalize information the revelations to come out of Umea University in Sweden actually follow a track of research that has been going on for the past 25 years or so. So let’s take a more careful look at what’s going on.
The herpes simplex virus is extremely common and fairly easy to pass on. Herpes simplex type 1, is the agent responsible for the development of those irritating cold sores, and some estimates suggest that 80 percent or more of us carry it. Some people are regularly troubled by cold sore outbreaks and others aren’t but once the body is infected with the HSV-1 virus it never leaves and so far there is no cure.
The Umea University team is claiming that a reactivated herpes infection effectively doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The suggestion is th...
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