Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Colds vs. Flu

What should you do if you think you have the flu? How do you know? Have you had your flu shot? All of these are good questions and it is important to know the difference between being sick with a cold or the flu. The outcomes and infection opportunities may be very different and you will a have a better recovery if you can start treating the flu within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

1. There are many overlapping symptoms between the flu and colds.
a. Headaches, coughs, and ear aches.

2. There are some symptoms that are normally specific to a cold
a. Sore throat and a stuffy nose.

3. Some of the important symptoms to be aware of are flu specific.
a. Fever, rapid onset, and generalized fatigue (that may last for weeks).

Using these simple guidelines may give you an idea if you may have the flu or a cold. If there is any question at all you should contact you physician immediately. Medical treatment can reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten your rehabilitation time.

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William Milhizer, DPT, PT

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