Cold & Flu

How are They Different?

The common cold and the seasonal flu are annual occurrences that affect our families, friends, and business associates, yet the terms are often confused and misappropriated. Let’s take a closer look at both illnesses to discover how they are different and how they should be treated.

Seasonal Flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. Each year the flu vaccine is changed to include protection against new viruses but no vaccine covers them all. The flu can lead to other complications and is often mistaken for other illnesses. If you are running a fever come into MedRite for early treatment. We offer flu shots at all of our Manhattan locations.

Symptoms:

Flu season lasts from the beginning of the fall into spring. Symptoms usually appear suddenly with little or no warning.

  • Flu season lasts from the beginning of the fall into spring. Symptoms usually appear suddenly with little or no warning.
  • Less common symptoms may include dry cough, runny nose, and sore throat.
  • The flu also affects general appearance. Flu sufferers may have pale skin, water eyes, and move slowly.

Flu Complications :

If the flu is treated early, symptoms can often be relieved within 24 to 48 hours. If left untreated, the flu can lead to other medical conditions including bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, dehydration, and sinus infections.

The flu can also worsen preexisting medical conditions. If you suspect you have the flu and suffer from asthma, diabetes, or congestive heart failure, seek medical attention right away. MedRite makes it easy; we are open Sunday through Friday, no appointment needed.

Common Cold:

There is no cure for the common cold. Get plenty of rest, stay warm, and drink lots of liquids and your cold should be gone in 10-14 days. Colds unfortunately are often mistaken for other conditions which should be treated. If you have a chronic condition such as asthma seeks immediate attention.

Cold symptoms:

  • Most colds usually begin with a sore throat which improves within in two or three days. Other common symptoms include runny nose, coughing and sneezing, and fatigue.
  • Less common symptoms may include dry cough, runny nose, and sore throat.
  • The flu also affects general appearance. Flu sufferers may have pale skin, water eyes, and move slowly.

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