• If your diarrhea is mild, you may not need to take anything. Or you can take an over-the-counter medicine such as bismuth subsalicylate or loperamide, which are available as liquids or tablets. Follow the instructions on the package.


  • What's that nagging cough, and what can you do to cure it? Cough for a minute or two, and you may think something has "gone down the wrong pipe."


  • Call your doctor immediately if you have: Blood in your diarrhea or black, tarry stools A fever that is high (above 101 F) or that lasts more than 24 hours Diarrhea lasting longer than 2 days


  • Although folk wisdom views coughing as a grave portent of illness — What did one casket say to the other? "I hear you coffin" — the cough is actually a vital player in the body's defense against disease.


  • Under normal circumstances, 12 hours after the plaster is applied, the skin has already absorbed the active ingredients of the plaster.


  • Coughing is a reflex that keeps your throat and airways clear. Although it can be annoying, coughing helps your body heal or protect itself. Coughs can be either acute or chronic. Acute coughs begin suddenly and usually last no more than 2 to 3 weeks.