Common Colds / FLU




The common cold is one of the most prevalent illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year. It is estimated that during a one-year period, people in the US will suffer one billion colds. Caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat, colds can be the result of more than 200 different viruses. However, among all of the cold viruses, the rhino viruses and the corona viruses cause the majority of colds.

The difference between a cold and the flu:

Flu Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Always a headache
  • Clear nose
  • Sometimes sneezing
  • Cough, often becoming sever
  • Often severe aches and pains
  • Several weeks of fatigue
  • Sometimes a sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion

Cold Symptoms

  • Low or no fever
  • Sometimes a headache
  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild, hacking cough
  • Slight aches and pains
  • Mild fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Normal energy level

Most common colds are diagnosed based on reported symptoms. However, cold symptoms may be similar to certain bacterial infections, allergies, and other medical conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

If you have symptoms of the common cold, call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics.

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