Cold and Flu

The Influence of Cold and Flu

A girl wearing a scarf coughs into her handCold and flu are two very common ailments. They creep up on you without a warning and have the capacity to zap you of your energy altogether. A cold, more often than not is accompanied by the flu. Both children and adults alike can be affected by it and it weakens you completely. The common cold is an airborne disease and once it descends upon you is difficult to get rid of easily. Irrespective of what medication you ply your body with, it takes its own course and the best you can do is to alleviate the symptoms. Having said this there will be times when fever wracks the body and you will have to get some medical attention.
Especially in cases where those affected are small children and elderly people; you do not want to take any chances.

Owl Now Urgent Care is an all-night medical facility that can provide you with urgent treatment, day or night. We have several on-call doctors at the facility at all times to diagnose the ailment, run tests and start on treatment without any delay. Call us and we will attend to you immediately. In many cases, time is of essence, as the flu symptoms can snowball out of control.

Is It Just A Cold Or Do You Have The Flu?

There are several common symptoms between the two conditions and because it often starts as a cold, most people just ignore it until further symptoms develop that indicate the potential that it could be the flu. The flu is a respiratory infection that is accompanied by other symptoms.

Common symptoms that are indicative of the flu include:

  • A persistent cold that will not go away
  • A sore throat or constant coughing
  • Body aches
  • A headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Vomting
  • Diarrhea

The flu virus causes the patient to develop a high fever. The symptoms are considerably more aggravated in comparison to the cold-related symptoms. Fatigue and a dry cough are the most prominent ones. People who have been suffering from a cold complain of either a runny or a stuffy nose and in some cases, respiratory congestion.

Another aspect that has to be considered is that flu is not just a simple fever. Influenza viruses have evolved at an alarming pace over the last decade and can be an indication of any of these afflictions. In most cases the flu that you experience may be just a mild one but it is best to consult a doctor if the symptoms escalate.

First Aid for Cold and Flu

While you are waiting to get to the doctor, there are a few measures you can take to alleviate your symptoms. Simple home treatment for colds such as steam baths and swabbing the forehead, hands and feet with normal temperature water can be very helpful. Stay well hydrated and seek medical attention at the earliest if the symptoms show no signs of abating.