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Cold vs Flu


HealthWatch3 Cold V’s Flu

Dr. James Joslin

As we approach cooler temperatures it is not uncommon for people to get sick. While both feel bad there is a distinct difference between getting a cold and catching the flu. Many people have a hard time determining what they have and how best to seek treatment. Dr. James Joslin of Southwest Medical Associates has some advice.

Cold V’s Flu

The common cold is just that, common. Symptoms can range from sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. It is infectious for the first two to three days and symptoms usually start clearing up shortly after. The flu has similar symptoms except more intense and it also attacks the entire body causing fevers, chills, profound fatigue, sever body aches and possibly nausea, vomiting and diarrhea especially in children. It is contagious before the symptoms appear and for about 5 – 7 days.

How to treat a common cold.

For the common cold most of us know the drill treatment includes rest, drinking plenty of fluids and over the counter medications for symptoms, generally that is enough to help someone feel comfortable during that time.

The flu however can be a severe health risk especially for children, pregnant women and the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. In most cases people with the flu tend to have a mild case however life threatening complications including pneumonia can follow it if not treated. It is important to know the signs and seek care. There are many options out there nowadays for treatment, in a pinch many people will actually go to the ER this is not always the best option and can be pretty costly. There are a lot of other options out there including Convenient Care, Urgent Care, your primary care Doctor’s office another option, if you would like to stay home, id the Now Clinic program that is tele-medicine and they can see you right in the comfort of your own home.

The important thing is to notice the signs and symptoms and get care when you need it.

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