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Do I need to go to a doctor if I am achy while sick?

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When you're coming down with a cold, likely you will experience sneezing and coughing. You also may experience a headache, a sore throat, or a runny nose. Achy muscles can be a problem, too.

If you want relief, you may have to look further than your neighborhood pharmacy.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Common Cold."

Medline Plus: "Flu," "Common Cold," "Pain Relievers."

MedicineNet: "Pain Management: Over-the-Counter."

WebMD: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 9, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."

Mayo Clinic: "Common Cold."

Medline Plus: "Flu," "Common Cold," "Pain Relievers."

MedicineNet: "Pain Management: Over-the-Counter."

WebMD: "Kids' Cold Medicines: New Guidelines."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 9, 2019

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