Cold and Flu
Cold and flu tend to be sicknesses that are prevalent during the winter months of the year. Often they come hand in hand with a cold turning into the flu. A cold is usually classified by symptoms like stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and cough. The flu usually adds symptoms like fever, chills, body aches, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. In the event that you “catch” a cold, the best remedy for getting rid of the cold is rest and lots of fluids. Orange juice or any juice with vitamin C are usually highly recommended. With a cold, one is usually still able to function with daily activities mainly through taking over-the-counter medicines. The selection of medication today for things such as a cold are often overwhelming; yet because of that, one is usually able to find a medicine which target the specific symptoms they have.
In this way, it is likely that the cold will be gone within a few short days. The flu, on the other hand, is an entirely different animal. The flu is an illness that will generally put the patient down for a few days to a few weeks. When one has the flu a conglomeration of symptoms are evident as aforementioned and bed rest is commonly necessary. The ability to heal completely from the flu is occasionally possible only the aid of prescription medicine. As with the cold, the flu can be combated with over-the-counter medications, though stronger and more concentrated medicine is commonplace in treating the flu and eventually eliminating the illness from the body. With both the cold and the flu, rest and hydration are a key to the healing process and ultimately, are very important during this time of sickness so the body can be strong enough to fight off the germs present.