1. About Cold or Flu
You may feel pretty awful while suffering from cold, but flu can be far more serious if it stays for long, particularly for those people who are more vulnerable in the community. Flu viruses can spread from person to person in the form of tiny droplets in the air through sneezing and coughing or touching infected surfaces such as door handles etc. During common cold you may feel headache, runny nose or sore throat, these symptoms are similar in flu but flu tends to more severe with fever and muscle pains which could last longer. It may even lead to life-threatening complications in elderly or people with lung disease.
Recognizing the symptoms is important, that weather you are suffering from flu or common cold. Unlike symptoms of cold, flu symptoms occur suddenly. Here’s a list of common symptoms you might feel:
- Dry cough
- High temperature
- Severe aches and pains in joints and muscles around the eyes
- Diarrhea or upset stomach
- Sore and watery discharge from your nose
- Appearance with warm, flushed skin and red watery eyes
- Generalized weakness
3 . Diagnosis
A quick flu test can be performed by your doctor in order to prescribe antiviral medication. Doctor can diagnose a cold or flu based on your symptoms and physical tests such throat culture or blood count, identifying a specific virus does not make a difference in treatment that’s why it is not usually necessary. Diagnosis performed by your doctor may include:
- Blood count
- Chest X-ray
- Throat culture
Here are some natural tips which can help you preventing cold and flu:
- Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands
- Don’t touch face
- Wash your hands regularly
- Do aerobatic exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke
- Cut alcohol consumption
- Eat foods containing phytochemicals.
You may feel to gorge on food when suffering from cold and flu. But choosing the right food can be beneficial and can even speed healing. Foods such as Vegetable juices, chicken soup, garlic, ginger, black tea, bananas, toasts, meal replacement drinks can help to treat your flu symptoms at home.
6. Lifestyle Tips
Get enough sleep to keep your immune systems strong, avoid touching your face. Wash your hands regularly and properly.