Cold and flu season can hit you especially hard, especially if you have an underlying medical condition or there’s young children in your household. At Abilene Family Medical Associates in Abilene, Texas, the team of skilled providers offers effective treatment options to reduce your fever, alleviate your cough, and address painful body aches. If your symptoms aren’t getting better, don’t delay treatment. Call Abilene Family Medical Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about available cold and flu treatments.
The common cold and influenza virus are both conditions that affect your respiratory system. While they have similar symptoms, the conditions are caused by two different types of viruses.
In general, a cold causes symptoms that are less severe than the flu. You may also develop symptoms of a cold gradually. With the flu, your symptoms may be more severe and come on more quickly than cold symptoms. Flu symptoms also tend to last longer than the common cold.
Common symptoms of both a cold and the flu include:
With the flu, you may also experience persistent fatigue, fever, headaches, and widespread body aches.
While a cold and the flu aren’t always a serious cause for concern, other health complications can result. Colds and flu can cause dehydration, heart damage, and lead to other infections in the throat and lungs.
Generally, your Abilene Family Medical Associates provider can tell if you have a cold or the flu by evaluating your symptoms.
In many cases, they recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate your discomfort and address symptoms such as headache, nasal congestion, and cough. In some cases, prescription-strength pain relievers and cough suppressants may be necessary.
Cold symptoms should resolve within five to seven days with medications and plenty of rest. If you develop a bacterial infection in your sinuses or throat due to a cold, you may need additional treatment with antibiotics.
Good hygiene is the best way to prevent an infection with the cold or flu virus. You should wash your hands regularly and avoid putting your fingers in and around your mouth.
To reduce your risk of getting the flu, you can also schedule an appointment to get a seasonal flu vaccination. This immunization is especially important for young children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system.
For help managing symptoms of the common cold or seasonal flu, schedule an appointment with Abilene Family Medical Associates online or by calling the office directly today.