Archive for January, 2018

Do You Know the Difference Between the Cold and the Flu?

We’re in the midst of a bad flu season that may last longer than most. But do you know the difference between the cold and the flu?  Both are respiratory illnesses that have similar symptoms. Although there is no distinct way to differentiate one from the other, it is important to know the type of symptoms and severity each one can cause. Additionally, special tests can be done within the first few days to determine the type of illness.

Common Cold

  • Symptoms are gradual
  • Slight aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Milder conditions compared to the flu

Flu (Influenza)

  • Symptoms are abrupt
  • Fever/feeling feverish (chills)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches and fatigue (tiredness)
  • Chest discomfort
  • Some may have diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children)

Just like how the common cold and flu have similar symptoms, they can both be treated with a lot of rest, fluids and over the counter medicine. However, the flu must also be treated with prescribed antiviral medicine.


Keeping the Flu and Colds at Bay

The Centers for Disease and Control recommends the following to avoid getting the common cold or flu:

  • Don’t get too close to people who are sick
  • If you’re sick, stay at home
  • Cover cough and sneezes
  • Wash your hands
  • Try not to touch your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touched or those who may be sick around you
  • Practice prevention: get vaccinated – even now it’s not too late, get plenty of sleep, avoid stress, stay well hydrated, and eat nutritious snacks and meals.

Learn more about where to go for the right care for the common cold and flu or call 404-778-7777.