Cold vs. Flu symptoms and when to see a doctor


IF YOU’RE WAKING UP WITH A SORE THROAT OR COUGH THIS MORNING.. YOU’RE NOT ALONE. THE COLDER TEMPERATURES… CAN LEAD TO A VARIETY OF HEALTH COMPLICATIONS.. AND WITH CHRISTMAS JUST DAYS AWAY– IT’S IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF. W-S-L-S 10’S ERIN BROOKSHIER TALKED WITH A LOCAL DOCTOR… AND JOINS US LIVE. ERIN… WHEN DO PEOPLE NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR? # WHILE THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A TIME WE TYPICALLY WANT TO SPEND WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY… DOCTORS SAY UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT SPEND IT HERE– AT THE HOSPITAL… BEING TREATED FOR THEIR WINTER SICKNESSES. IT CAN BE EASY TO WANT TO CALL THE DOCTOR LOOKING FOR ANTIBIOTICS AT THE FIRST SIGN OF A COUGH… BUT DOCTORS SAY MOST ILLNESSES, LIKE THE COMMON COLD, ARE VIRAL– AND TAKING UNNECESSARY ANTIBIOTICS WILL DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO WAIT IT OUT AND CONTINUE TREATING YOUR OWN SYMPTOMS AT HOME AND WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR? DOCTOR PRISCILLA TU WITH CARILION SAYS A HIGH FEVER AND SYMPTOMS THAT DON’T SEEM TO GO AWAY ARE BOTH REASONS TO VISIT YOUR DOCTOR. TYPICALLY THEIR BODIES ARE ALREADY FIGHTING A VIRUS SO THEY’RE MORE SUCCEPTIPLE TO PICK UP SOMETHING ELSE. THAT’S WHY WE SAY IF IT GETS WORSE OR SEEMS TO GET BETTER THAN WORSE AGAIN, THOSE ARE REASONS TO COME IN. ALSO.. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS LAST MORE THAN SEVEN TO TEN DAYS– IT COULD BE A BACTERIAL INFECTION, WHICH IS ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO GET CHECKED OUT. THE C-D-C IS REPORTING LOCAL ACTIVITY OF THE FLU HERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH… WITH MORE SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAN WE TYPICALLY SEE IN THE COMMON COLD. EXPERTS SAY IF THE FLU IS NOT TREATED PROPERLY.. IT CAN TURN INTO BRONCHITIS OR PNEUMONIA, WHICH CAN LEAD TO MORE SERIOUS ISSUES. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER YOU’RE FIGHTING THE COLD.. THE FLU.. OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS? WE’LL BREAK DOWN WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW COMING UP IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR– PLUS HOW TO TREAT SOME OF THOSE MINOR SYMPTOMS AT HOME. IN ROANOKE, EB WSLS10.

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