Health-U-Cation. Colds Vs Flu

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Hoorah winter is almost on its way out… I cannot wait for the warmer weather and less indoor time with sunny skies and spring air!

I am sure you can agree that in winter we have way too many RSVPS for the germ party that was never invited to your house. In winter the days get shorter and as the temperature starts to drop there is a greater tendency to stay indoors where it is warm, be less active and eat comfort foods… and the runny noses, sick days and recycled colds from one family member to another.

Most of these symptoms are manageable and make you and your kids feel yuck for a few days however when the germ party seems to never end so when is it the flu and when is it a cold?

The Clinical Director from Family Home Doctors weighs in on the symptoms associated with both, and some advice for what to do during flu season.

Colds are a common illness, which can be caused by over 200 different viruses. A cold has no vaccine, and odds are you have experienced a cold once or twice in your lifetime. The flu on the other hand is a viral infection and there is a vaccine available.

Symptoms of flu

  • Fever
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle aches
  • headache

Symptoms of colds

  • runny nose
  • sneezing, cough
  • muscle aches
  • congestion
  • sore throat

Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between the cold and flu as they often share the same symptoms. If you are ever concerned with your health and your symptoms, if these symptoms persist or are not consistent with influenza, make an appointment with your regular GP to determine the cause.

Flu season is in the winter months, from June to August for Australians. It is during this time that the most flu cases are seen. Some ways to prevent getting sick involve staying active, eating healthy and keeping good personal hygiene. Some vitamins boost immunity, however there is no convincing evidence to suggest this and is a matter which is still in great debate.

How to prevent….

Remind your kids to frequently wash their hands with either a flu or cold this winter, to prevent spreading it to others, especially after coughing and sneezing.

Information provided by Family Home Doctors

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