January Health Awareness

January is cold and flu season. It is difficult to determine if you have the cold or the flu because the symptoms are so similar.

Here is a chart to help you determine if you have a cold or the flu.

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Characteristic, high(100–102° F); lasts three to four days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches/Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Quite mild Can last up to two to three weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to moderate, hacking cough Common, can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion or earache Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life threatening
Prevention None Annual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or Tamiflu (antiviral drugs)
Treatment Only temporary relief of symptoms Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza, or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms

  • Remember to get your yearly flu shot.
  • Drink lots of fluids, wash your hands regularly, and get plenty of rest.
  • Consult your physician or pharmacist before taking any over the counter medications.
  • Some over the counter medications may cause an adverse reaction with your prescription drugs.
  • Ask your Pharmacist about our over the counter products that are available at an excellent price.

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/