Your Health Matters Medical Monday: The difference between the cold and the flu

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During the winter seasons here in Siouxland, sickness rates tend to spike. The drastic change in weather can cause your bodies to react differently. With those changes comes the weakening of your immune system and the increased likelihood of catching a cold, or worse, the flu.
 
For some people, it’s hard to tell the difference in which virus they may have. This makes properly treating your illness an issue if you’re not sure which one you have. 
 
The cold is accompanied by a runny nose, sore throat, and congestion. The influenza virus is marked with high fever, achy bones, respiratory issues, and a heavy cough.
 
Doctors from Mercy Medical Center say there is a drastic difference between the two. 
 
“The differentiation between having the cold and having influenza would be your high spiking fever and really just the way that you feel. Influenza really knocks you down pretty fast, pretty quickly and pretty significantly. Again, high spiking fevers. You just don’t get that with the common cold,” says Dr. Steven Joyce, Mercy Internal Medicine.
 
Now there is no cure for the cold, but doctors recommend it’s not too late to get your flu shot if you haven’t already done so. 
 
Some simple tips to prevent getting sick include washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you do become ill to prevent getting others sick.
 
 
 
 

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