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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cold VS Flu: How to tell the difference

Cold and flu viruses are both infections of the upper respiratory tract. Colds usually begin with sneezing, coughing, runny nose and headache. The flu bug hits you suddenly leaving you with little to no energy. You may experience high fever, dry cough, chills, muscle aches and severe headaches. The average cold will last 2-4 days and the flu may last a week with more serious complications.
Treatments for Cold and Flu:
-get plenty of rest
-do not smoke as it will worsen your symptoms and prolong your illness
-drink plenty of fluids like water and fruit juices
-do not drink alcohol
-gargle with warm salt water a few times a day
-use a humidifier where you sleep
-you can also use over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain, headaches and congestion associated with colds.
Avoiding a Cold

-wash your hands often (use an antibacterial soap)
-avoid people who are sick
-clean surfaces with a germ killing antiseptic
-sneeze or cough directly into a tissue
-get plenty of rest (do not become run down)
Avoiding the Flu Virus

A flu shot is your best protection against influenza. It is very beneficial to those who are elderly or chronically ill.

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