Cold and Flu Symptoms & Treatments


Cold and flu season comes every winter. It’s good to be prepared. Avoiding being ill as much as possible makes the winter seasons far more enjoyable.

Cold and Flu Symptoms

The symptoms of cold and flu are often mistaken for each other because of how similar the ailments are.

Mutual Symptoms are features of both cold and flu. They are listed here. Some symptoms have a difference in severity (usually much more severe in the flu).

  • Sore Throat - Both ailments features a sore throat. There’s not really much of a difference
  • Coughing - A cold will have a fairly standard cough. The fly instead has dry hacking coughs that can be repeated over and over.
  • Head and Body aches - The headaches are similar. Body pain is usually less severe in a cold, but can be very painful muscle pain if you have the flu.
  • Nose Issues - Whether your nose goes runny or stuffy, it’s never very comfortable. Both illnesses affect both and can be very uncomfortable.
  • Fatigue - If you have a cold you will likely be a little bit tired. If you have the flu, your fatigue can be far more severe! You may feel exceedingly tired for up to two weeks and it’s very uncomfortable.

In addition to these symptoms, the Flu also has a few extras that you should not have during a cold:

  • Fever - There’s no guarantee that you will have a heavy fever with the flu. However the fever can be rather intense at times.
  • Chills - Chills can be rather uncomfortable when you’re down with the flu. One of the least comforting things is when you are alternating chills and fever. That alternating temperature in a body can be pretty rough.
  • Vomiting - Those with the fly can also get quite ill and potentially vomit quite a bit. Normally this occurs for younger people and children more than adults.

Causes

Both the cold and influenza are caused by viruses. These viruses can be transmitted through skin to skin contact, or aerially. A lot of the old suggestions remain valid. It’s important to wash your hands as much as possible. Take note of people who may be ill and ensure that you sanitize after contact with them. Cover your mouth as much as possible and avoid touching your eyes or mouth. Stay clean and you can stay cold and flu free!

Treatments

If you’re looking to treat your cold with antibiotics, you are mostly wasting your time. It’s a viral infection that needs to be work its way through your system. Generally a cold will last a max of 7 to 10 days. If it’s ever longer than that, you will need to check with a doctor because it’s possible that something else is also occurring. Most treatments will just address the symptoms and not the cold itself. That can still feel pretty great.

For flu, it’s often the same situation. You are usually just best off getting bed rest. Sleep and fluids to keep your hydrated work best. It’s best to monitor the severity of your symptoms. If at any point they become severe and your cough is producing green mucus or there is trouble breathing, a doctor should be contacted right away. Be careful as well if you are part of a group where the flu can cause complications. This includes the elderly and children. It’s important to always get your flu shot when you are part of a high risk group. In reality, it’s good for everyone to do.