Flu and Colds
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The two may share many of the same symptoms, but colds and flu are different and should be treated differently. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about the two conditions in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Colds and flu have many of the same symptoms. A cold is usually mild, while the flu tends to be more severe.

When you have a cold, you usually feel tired and have a sneeze, cough and runny nose. You might have a low fever or none at all. You also may have sore muscles, a scratchy or sore throat, watery eyes and a headache.

The flu is more sudden and hits hard. You might feel weak and tired, have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, sore muscles, a bad headache, eye pain and a sore throat. The flu normally lasts significantly longer than a cold.

There is no medicine or antibiotic to cure a cold or the flu. Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. There are over-the-counter medicines that can help relieve your symptoms. Your doctor may suggest a prescription medicine that may shorten the course of the flu. Make sure you check with your doctor before giving any medicine to children. Prevent the flu by getting a flu shot each fall.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.