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Unfortunately, upper respiratory illnesses such as the cold and flu (as well as other acute illness such as gastroenteritis—a.k.a., “the stomach flu”) are a fact of life, and at one time or another, we all have to deal with them. While it’s true that a viral illness like the cold typically requires time and rest to resolve itself, your primary care physician can help you deal with your symptoms, make sure that your illness isn’t something more serious, and advise you about the kinds and amounts of fluids you should be consuming to avoid dehydration.  Particularly when a child isn’t feeling well, your family physician is a logical resource for a definitive diagnosis of the issue, advice on over-the-counter medications and needed reassurance for parents.

It’s important to understand the difference between cold and flu symptoms, because a flu can lead to potentially dangerous complications and is definitely worth a visit to your doctor.

Symptoms of a Common Cold

  • Sore Throat That Lasts 1-2 Days
  • Runny Nose
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Cough on Fourth or Fifth Day
  • Mild Fever (particularly in children)

Symptoms of Flu

  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue That Lasts for More Than a Week
  • Fever That Persists for Several Days or More
  • Headache
  • Muscle Aches
  • Severe Congestion
  • Coughing and Chest Discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Treatments

  • Bed Rest
  • Decongestants
  • Fluids
  • Over-the-Counter Cold Medications (consult your physician before giving to children)
  • Pain Relievers (consult your physician before giving to children)

At Meadow Pointe Family Practice, our job is to help you feel better, faster. So when you have a sore throat, fatigue, severe sinus congestion or other signs of the cold, flu, or a possible infection such as Strep throat, give us a call to set up an appointment and get started on the road to better health as quickly as possible.  Contact us online or at 813.907.8430.