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How to Prevent or Treat Cough and Colds

Updated: Mar 24

The common cold is a contagious upper respiratory infection of your nose, sinuses, throat and windpipe. Colds spread easily, especially within indoor areas. More than 200 different viruses can cause colds.

Meanwhile, a cough is your body’s way of removing irritants from your throat and lungs. There are many types of cough. You may also be coughing because of another condition.

Cough and colds can get quite complicated. Treatment might be difficult if you are unsure of what is the exact cause or condition of your cough and colds.

How can I differentiate between cough and colds?

Differentiating between coughs and colds, flu, and airborne allergies may be difficult due to their similarities in symptoms. Refer to the table below to help differentiate between the three:

How do I treat cough and colds?

When do I seek a doctor’s consult?

It is difficult to tell by symptoms alone what caused your infection. If any of the following signs & symptoms are observed, please consult your doctor.

Consult your doctor especially if:

  • Symptoms (fever or cough) do not improve after 3 weeks

  • Symptoms suddenly get worse, impairing one’s ability to perform activities/work

  • Fever not relieved after taking Paracetamol or NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Mefenamic Acid)

  • Feeling short of breath or develop chest pain

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A minimum of Php 200 home service fee will be charged per household for home service. Message us with your location to confirm the final rate.


  • The CIF clinic is located at 41-F Esteban Abada Loyola Heights Quezon City.

  • Landmarks: Behind McDonald's Katipunan and beside 7-11

  • To get there, pin CIF CENTRAL MEDICAL CLINIC using Google Maps or Waze.

  • If commuting, you may walk or ride a tricycle from LRT 2 Katipunan Station (North Entrance).

Message us to book an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome!

📍Location: 41-F Esteban Abada Loyola Heights Katipunan, Quezon City

🕔 Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday 8AM - 5PM | Saturday 8AM - 4PM

📞Contact No: 0969-1197955 (SMART) | 0995-3022232 (GLOBE)

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