Symptoms can last longer than you think:


Ear infection: at least 4 days


Sore throat: 1 week


Cold: 1½ weeks


Flu: 2 weeks


Nasal congestion: 2½ weeks


Cough: up to 3 weeks



Remember antibiotics DO NOT help common winter ailments.


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