Cold and Flu

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TelerainMD doctors treat thousands of cold and flu cases each year. Here is a guide to help recognize symptoms; understand the differences, and find the best treatment so that you can feel better again.


The cold

  • A viral infection that affects the respiratory system nose, mouth, sinuses, and lungs.
  • In many cases, the body fights to eliminate infection without medical treatment.
  • The cold virus spreads among infected people.
  • Prevention includes hand washing, avoid touching your face, and places where the virus may lurk.

The flu

  • A respiratory illness that can be severe and causes several deaths each year.
  • If you suspect the flu, visit a doctor who can prescribe medication if needed.
  • The flu spreads through contagious people sharing objects that have been infected.
  • Take preventative measures to avoid the flu, including a yearly flu shot.


Signs and Symptoms of the Flu

The symptoms of the flu are fairly ubiquitous and can be easily mistaken for other diseases and infections, particularly the common cold. Both are often noted by coughing, a sore throat, congestion, and a runny nose. However, the flu does have some distinct signs and symptoms, which include:



Headaches

fevers

Sore Throat


Stuffy Nose.

Fatigue (Tiredness)

Muscle Or Body Aches



Diagnosing and Treating the Flu Online

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is one of the most common conditions doctors on TelerainMD treat. Since the flu is highly contagious, it is beneficial for patients with the flu talk to a board-certified medical provider from home as it prevents further spreading of germs.