Flu vs. A Cold
Flu symptoms cause people to experience a sore throat, fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, cough, and fatigue, and flu usually comes on suddenly. A cold usually causes a runny or stuffy nose, and it typically develops gradually. Does it matter whether you have flu or a cold? YES - because flu can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, so it is best to treat flu within 48 hours of experiencing symptoms.
Treat Your Flu
Because flu is caused by the Influenza Virus and not bacteria, antibiotics cannot treat it. After confirming that you have flu with a nasal or throat swab at your doctor’s office, you may be able to recover more quickly with antiviral treatment. You may also treat your symptoms with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, decongestants, nasal saline, bed rest, and increased fluids.
Your BEST DEFENSE against flu is preventing it from happening in the first place. How can you do that?
- Get your flu shot
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your cough and sneeze
Anderson Medical Center has the flu vaccine available for $30 per vaccine. If you are a Medicare patient, it is no cost to you. Come in today for your flu shot - no appointment is needed!