Cold or Flu?

 

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A lot of people of all ages do get sick during this time of the year; either with the flu or cold. How can you tell the difference?  Below is table differentiating between the flu and a cold.

DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE FLU AND A COLD

Signs and Symptoms

Flu

Cold
Onset Sudden Gradual
Fever Characteristic, high (over 101); lasting 3-4 days Rare
Cough Dry; can become severe Hacking
Headache Prominent Rare
Muscle aches and pains Usual; often severe Slight
Tiredness and weakness Can last up to 2-3 weeks Very mild
Extreme exhaustion

Common

Mild to moderate
Chest discomfort Common Mild to moderate
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sneezing Sometimes Usual
Sore throat Sometimes Common

Building up your immune system helps in the fight against the flu and cold. Healthy diet, consistent exercise plan and taking certain vitamin supplement is in order this time of year. Contact your pharmacist or physician for persistent cough and prolonged symptoms listed above. Some over the counter medications can help; keep your body re-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and getting plenty of rest if you are diagnosed as having the flu or cold.

Any questions? Call us at The Pharmacy, located at 6630 Southwest Freeway, Houston. (713) 266-5425