Colds are common, particularly in places where people live/work in close proximity, such as college. When our first child went to college, I learned that I needed to better equip my kids for this inevitable ailment. So, I delved into the clinical studies, by sources such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) & the international Cochrane Database, to discover what works to treat the common cold & what doesn't. I then prepared a zippered case labeled 'First Aid for the Common Cold' & a charted strategy of what over-the-counter medications to take when. This was my way to “mother” from afar.
My academic background is that I graduated with my master's & physician assistant degree from Duke University. Years prior to this, I received my bachelor's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. Now after working for over 18 years in healthcare as an advanced practice provider, I have seen how illness has a domino effect making everything harder.
Early treatment is important with any malady, even the common cold. Sound medical literature exists to justify this. As appreciated in the making of this strategy & product, evidence-based medicine remains the key to best practices.
It can get confusing when you walk into a pharmacy. There are innumerable drug choices for cold symptoms. As my boss would say, “Stick to the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Here is our well-researched recipe for cold relief, plain & simple. It will help treat a cold, whether near or far from home.
Continuing with our goal to help people maintain health, Cold FAid® is partnering with Families Fighting Flu, a national, non-profit organization. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the seriousness of influenza (aka the flu) & the critical importance of annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months & older. Like the common cold, the flu is a highly contagious viral infection but with the greater potential for life-threatening complications. To learn more, visit: www.familiesfightingflu.org. Cold FAid® donates a percentage of proceeds to this life-saving organization.
Best wishes for continued great health,
Julie & all of us at Cold FAid®
Julie Dickens, MHS, PA-C, BSN
Founder of Cold FAid®