It seems that everywhere you turn right now, somebody is sick. At the office, in school, or working out at the gym, we are all surrounded by festering pools of illness. Despite your best efforts to stay healthy, including washing your hands at every opportunity and lathering on hand sanitizer when a sink isn't easily within reach, it's inevitable that you might fall victim to the common cold. What, then, can you do if you think you are starting to get sick? Is there any way to lessen its duration or severity that works?
Pop some ibuprofen as soon as you start feeling sick.
Motrin or Advil will reduce muscle cramps, headache, and stiff joints. This class of medications works by blocking the chemical reactions in your body that lead to the troubling aches and pains, so starting early may limit the length and severity of your illness. Consider taking 400mg of ibuprofen as soon as you notice the illness coming on, and then continue the same dose every six hours for one to two days.
'Men's Journal' contributing editor Dr. Robert M. Mordkin, MD, FACS, is the Chief of Urology and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.
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