As we are right in the middle of cold and flu season, here is some advice on ways to stay healthy and how to differentiate between the cold and flu. In some cases you may need to seek professional medical care, so we will go through some of these signs and symptoms that should have you seeking help.
Colds and flus are both caused by viral infections. Viruses can live up to 2 hours outside the body. That is why it is important to take measures to reduce exposure.
Immune System Boost
Keeping your immune system robust and strong can help reduce your chances of infection and can help your body fight infection if you do get a bug. Here is our list of important immune boosting foundations and extra supportive measures to promote immune function:
Signs that you have the flu instead of a cold:
Colds and flus can present with similar symptoms, however the flu can have very dangerous complications. Signs that you have the flu and not just a cold are:
Please seek medical care if you suspect you have the flu. The treatment is often best if initiated within the first 48 hour of symptoms and often family members who have been exposed can get prophylactic treatment if it's caught soon enough.
If you have a nasty cold that you need extra support in overcoming, consider making an appointment with your naturopathic doctor. I have a plethora of home-care and herbal /supplemental support that can help my patients start to feel better faster.
Stay healthy! Comment below with your favorite home care when you don't feel well.
Dr. Cheatum and Dr. Doize are Naturopathic doctors writing about health topics from a holistic viewpoint.