If you’re feeling under the weather, you may wonder whether it’s the flu or a common cold. We talked to Dr. Mia Finkelston, who treats patients using LiveHealth Online, about symptoms that may indicate it’s the flu and not a common cold.
- Your symptoms come on suddenly, rather than gradually, may be a sign it’s the flu.
- You may feel extremely achy, where those with a cold have mild aches and pains or no pain at all.
- You have a headache. Dr. Finkelston says, a headache is often one of the worst complaints, whereas those with a cold complain of congestion and pressure.
- You may feel nauseous. Sometimes there are gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea. This is not likely with a cold.
- You feel like you can’t get out of bed. “People who see me on LiveHealth Online with the flu cannot get out of bed or barely can get into the chair to call, while those with a cold are often calling from work because they were able to leave the house,” Dr. Finkelston said.
Be sure to stock your shelves with necessary cold and flu meds so when the time hits, you are prepared and don't have to run out when you feel lousy.
What to stock this with?
- Cough medicine
- Medicine for loosening of the mucous
- Mentholated topical cream
- Sore throat spray (good for a sore throat and a nighttime cough)
- Saline nasal spray (Tip: Get enough for each member of the house and then write each persons' name on a bottle with a permanent marker so you make sure not to share germs. Use this as much as you want when congestion strikes.
- Mint gum can be used for daytime cough
- A cold and flu nighttime medicine (for when you or the little ones can’t sleep due to symptoms)
- Plenty of movies to entertain your kids while they are sick
- Chicken noodle soup (It has been proven to help!)