Providing you don't have a fever, it sounds like you're describing a common cold
or the flu. If you do have a fever, or if you're experiencing chest congestion (fluid in your lungs that causes coughing and shortness of breath), you'd do well to seek medical attention to make sure you don't have something more serious. As long as you're not "coughing up blood" from your lungs, you probably don't need to worry. It's not unusual to cough up blood-tinged sputum from the back of the throat.
If your symptoms remain mild and confined to simply nasal drainage, sore throat and sneezing, you may find some relief from over-the-counter cold remedies. They won't make the cold go away, but they may relieve the annoying symptoms. The pharmacist can help you choose a product and instruct you on its proper use.
If your symptoms turn severe and you begin to run a fever, then it's definitely time to get checked out by a health care provider. He or she can diagnose and treat your illness if it's something more than a cold or the flu.
Don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. This will help keep the mucus thin, which makes it easier to eliminate by coughing or blowing your nose.
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