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Spotting the Differences Between a Cold and the Flu

By Stepy Kamei

Getting sick is no fun for anyone. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to catch a virus or a bug at least once or twice a year as you go about your day-to-day life and make contact with others who may be infected. While coming down with something may seem, and even be, inevitable at times, it makes a difference to be prepared ahead of time. If you know what signs and symptoms to look for early on, you'll be better equipped with the knowledge you'll need to keep yourself safe while battling a cold or a flu. But first, it's key to know the difference between the two! Keep on reading to learn more about how to spot the difference so you can treat yourself using the right tools!

When It's a Cold

The common cold, like the flu, is an infection caused by a virus. The cold can hit you any time of the year and has different symptoms than the flu. A cold often involves:

  • A sore throat
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing (wet and/or dry)
  • Headaches

A cold spreads most easily during the cold winter months when there's low humidity. Fortunately, there are a variety of over-the-counter medications you can rely on to help ease you through the worst of the symptoms.

When It's the Flu

Meanwhile, the flu is also an upper respiratory infection, but it's usually seasonal in nature. Flu symptoms are usually more intense, and can include:

  • Painful body aches
  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Dry cough

The flu is a contagious infection that can quickly wear down the body. Therefore, it's best to stay in bed and rest as much as possible while you recover. You may need to stock up on some over-the-counter medications to help with any stomach issues you may be experiencing. 

Home Remedies

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself healthy while battling the cold or the flu. Drinking warm tea with honey is also a great way to open up the sinuses and soothe a sore throat as added bonuses. Rest as much as possible, and sleep whenever you feel tired.

If your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, or seem to be getting worse instead of better, you should call your doctor right away for further advice and guidance.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Denton, Tex.

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