Treating Colds and Flu in Mossel Bay
The colds and flu season in here and the simplest way to tell the difference between a cold and flu are by looking at your symptoms. Mossel Bay Pharmacy gives advice on how to treat a cold or flu and how to know the difference between the two.
Common cold symptoms can include; runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, headache or body aches, mild tiredness.
Common flu symptoms can include: dry, hacking cough, moderate to high fever, although not everyone with the flu will run a fever, sore throat, shaking chills, severe muscle or body aches , headache, stuffy and runny nose, severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks , nausea and vomiting (most common in children).
How to treat a cold
Because it is a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective at treating a cold. However, over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and NSAIDs, can relieve congestion, aches, and other cold symptoms. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Some people take natural remedies, such as zinc, vitamin C, or echinacea, to prevent or relieve cold symptoms.
How to treat the flu
In most cases, fluids and rest are the best ways to treat the flu. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers, such as ibuprofen may control your symptoms and help you feel better. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat the flu. Contact your doctor right away if your symptoms do not improve or if they become severe.
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