Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments

Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments
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Have you ever wondered when the right time to treat common ailment was? I admittedly have a habit of waiting things out but it is good to have some guidelines on what to look for before jumping into action.

Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments

Here are tips for treating three common ailments from Wendy Bordman, an experienced community pharmacist.

The Common Cold

You likely already know that nothing can cure the common cold. Most colds run their course in seven to 10 days, whether or not you are taking anything to help manage your symptoms. The best treatments in your arsenal are rest and plenty of liquids – like water, juice, broth or soup.

Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments

If your cold symptoms stick around for more than seven days and you are feeling worse instead of better, or if your symptoms are severe, visit your doctor or healthcare provider.


Ragweed is a common culprit of fall seasonal allergies throughout North America. Having allergies can have a big impact on your daily activities. People with allergies often have difficulty concentrating which can affect performance and even lead to absence from work or school. Symptoms can include sneezing, itching, hives and watery eyes. First line of defense is to avoid contact with the allergens, this can be done by keeping doors and windows closed to reduce the amount of pollen that can get in the home and staying indoors with the pollen counts are high.

Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments

If this doesn’t work, there are a couple medication options that can help you get though allergy season. First-generation antihistamines have been on the market for decades. They work well, but often leave you feeling sleepy. For daytime relief, try a second-generation antihistamine, like Aerius. They get the job done without the drowsiness.


Identifying and targeting the symptoms of constipation and irregularity are important first steps. Constipation can happen to anyone. Potential causes could be certain medications or diet or not consuming enough water. For a child, it could be similar reasons but the common periods could be when they start solids, are toilet training or when they start school. Infrequent bowel movements are just one symptom. If you know you or your loved one has constipation, there are several options for relieving symptoms, including increasing fiber intake. Adults should be consuming around 30g fiber daily. Sources can include whole grains, fruits and vegetables. This increase in fiber should be accompanied by an increase in water consumption. Also, exercise can keep the bowels moving and it is important not to withhold the urge to go as this can worsen the constipation.

Tips for When to Treat Common Ailments

If the changes in diet and habits do not work then using a medication may be appropriate. You may be surprised to learn that there are several different types of laxatives available. Choosing the right one can help limit disruption to your daily routine and decrease the risk of your bowel becoming dependent. For a helpful guide of the different types, check out RestoraLAX.ca. 

If you have questions about treating your minor ailment at home, talk to you pharmacist or health care provider. If you choose to take any of the advice in this article, make sure you always read through all labels and instructions carefully and always use as directed.


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Jenifer V
    January 13, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    One thing that works for allergies is to switch the allergy medication you use every now and then (i.e. not use the same one every time).

  2. Tammi L.
    January 17, 2019 / 10:38 am

    I wish I could find something that work for my allergies to the cat! I can’t avoid him, because he insists on climbing all over me, lol. We can’t get rid of him either, he’s family now.

  3. Treen Goodwin
    January 28, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Great tips thanks for sharing , allergies are a big issue in our home , seems like nothing works !

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 23, 2019 / 9:39 am

    Good tips, I tend to wait it out myself too though I must admit that I’m lucky as I’m seldom ill and I can’t remember when I had my last cold or the flu, an awful long time ago for sure.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 24, 2019 / 10:55 am

    I forgot to mention that I think that a steam bath with a couple of drops of tea tree oil do wonders for a stuffy nose. However do keep your eyes closed that is important.

  6. Leanne
    March 12, 2019 / 9:35 am

    It’s been a bad winter for colds . Next is allergy season . I never had allergies when I was younger but they seem to get worse every year now . Thanks for the tips .

  7. March 16, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    These are great tips. I prefer to try the natural route before hitting the pharmacy. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Janet M
    April 22, 2019 / 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the tips. it is often the common things that get us down.

  9. JoKing
    April 26, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    I find local honey helps to keep my seasonal allergies from getting to bad. It doesn’t work for everyone. Glad it helps me!

  10. Christine Holliday
    May 21, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Some good pointers here….that soup looks pretty darn good too!!