Cold and flu are very common afflictions and both of these can make you feel weak and drained of energy. There are hardly any warning symptoms and before you know it, you might have a cold followed by flu. This mainly affects children and adults and will generally last for a week, before its symptoms start petering out. Cold can be highly infectious as it is airborne and you can catch it very soon. Medication is not of much use and it only alleviates the symptoms of cold and flu to a certain degree.
The Right Treatment
Though both these conditions are not very severe, there are times when the flu spirals out of control and medical attention is a must. This is true if children and elderly people have been affected. If you feel that the patient needs immediate attention and that the fever has shot up too high, take him/her to an all-night medical facility. The doctors will then diagnose exactly what the problem is and might run a few tests too. The treatment can then be started without delay. Getting the right treatment at the right time is important as symptoms of flu can get out of hand, overnight.
One thing that you must keep in mind is that the flu is not just a fever. Most influenza cases are mild and the symptoms may not be too severe. But if the symptoms escalate; it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible. Flu might be accompanied by symptoms like:
• A persistent cold
• Constant coughing accompanied by a sore throat
• Body ache and headache
If a person has caught the flu, he or she might develop a very high fever and the symptoms are more severe than the ones that accompany a cold. The dry cough and fatigue that are very common in those suffering from flu can drain a person's energy completely. Some people might also have a runny nose while others complain of a stuffy one. Respiratory congestion is another common symptom of the flu.
Cold symptoms should be treated with some very simple home remedies like a steam bath and the patient's forehead and hands & feet should be swabbed with some normal temperature water. Ensure that the person is drinking plenty of fluids and hydration is important. If the symptoms do not recede within a couple of days, medical intervention may be required.
By Susan Solo