Is It A Cold Or The Flu?


WINTER ALLERGY? DR. MAX GOMEZ HELPS US TO TELL THEM APART AND TREAT EACH ONE OF THEM. DOCTOR. IT IS NOT EASY TO DO. IT IS COLD AND FLU SEASON AND IT’S ALSO ALLERGY SEASON. NOT POLLEN BUT MOLDS, DUST MITES. THE SYMPTOMS ARE ALL SIMILAR BUT TREATMENT CAN BE DIFFERENT. DONNA IS A NURSE. YOU WOULD THINK SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLD, ALLERGIES AND THE FLU. HER SYMPTOMS HAVE HER EVEN CONFUSED. RUNNY NOSE, WATERY EYES, CONGESTION, SNEEZING. EVEN DOCTORS CAN HARD A HARD — CAN HAVE A HARD TIME. FOR ALLERGY AND COLD THE SYMPTOMS ARE IDENTICAL. FLU IS A LITTLE BIT EASIER BUT THERE’S HIGH FEVERS, USUALLY OVER 101 AND THERE’S ALSO MUSCLE ACHES, MUCH, MUCH WORSE FATIGUE, CAN’T GET OUT OF BED TYPE SYMPTOMS. THE ALLERGY AND COLD ARE SIMILAR. THE MAIN THING THAT TELLS YOU IT’S PROBABLY THE FLU IS THE SUDDEN ON SET OF SYMPTOMS INCLUDING A FEVER ABOVE 101, DEEP FATIGUE WHERE IT’S HARD TO GET OUT OF BED AND A DRY COULD HAVE. THE ONLY GOOD NEWS, THERE’S AN ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION THAT CAN EASE AND SHORTEN FLU SYMPTOMS IF YOU START IT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS. TELLING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLD AND ALLERGIES IS MUCH TOUGHER BECAUSE IT’S CONGESTION, SNEEZING AND MILDER HEADACHES AND A COULD — AND COULD HAVE — KAW. COLDS WITHIN A WEEK HAVE A QUICK TURN AND TIME. IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN BETTER IT COULD BE AN ALLERGY AND THERE’S MEDICATIONS FROM NASAL SPRAYS TO ANTIHISTAMINES. THE BEST PREVENTION IS HAND WASHING. PLENTY OF REST AND FLUIDS WILL HELP YOU’VE GET BETTER SOONER. DON’T BE A HERO AND

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