The Common Cold or Something Worse?

The Common Cold or Something Worse?

January 1, 2015

‘Tis the season for coughs, colds and sniffles! Although winter brings with it cozy sweaters, roaring fires and hot chocolate, it also brings the season where colds and flus are prominent. Although the common cold is something that most people have gone through in their lifetime, it’s good to educate yourself on it and know when you may be in for something worse than just a cough or a sniffle.

Visiting your local health clinic in White Salmon, WA and getting a checkup prior to winter setting in is always a good idea. But, it is important that you understand the common cold and can realize when something worse is going on.

Colds versus flus

Your typical common cold will begin one to two days after you are exposed to the virus. It begins with a tickling, scratchy or sore throat and progresses into a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and mild aches or headaches.

Your local health clinic in White Salmon, WA will most likely tell you that this is your typical common cold and unfortunately, the only thing you can do is wait it out until it goes away. Make sure you are drinking tons of fluids and giving your body plenty of rest.

The flu is a different animal but is still fairly common. It comes on quickly and can hit you hard. You may feel fine in the morning but by mid-afternoon you have a searing headache, a fever as high as 104 degrees and various cold symptoms that are listed above. The muscle aches and pains are incredibly uncomfortable but are common with this bug.

Here is where it gets tricky. Although the cold and the flu are common, especially during the winter months, it’s imperative that you listen to your body and know when something is wrong. As long as you are resting, drinking fluids and taking medication for the things that medication can treat, you should be able to fight it off; however, if you are following all proper procedures and are getting worse or noticing different things happening, it’s time to see a licensed nurse practitioner at your local health clinic in White Salmon, WA.

Don’t ignore your body

Ignoring the signs and not taking care of yourself can lead to other sicknesses like pneumonia, bronchitis or sinus infections—all of which are terrible to deal with.

Pneumonia can mimic both the flu as well as the common cold. You’ll have symptoms such as chills, high fever, sweats, chest pain and you’ll be coughing up a yellow-green mucus. The same can be said for bronchitis. Bronchitis offers up the same symptoms but adds inflammation of the bronchial tubes as well as a wet cough, wheezing and chest pains.

Should you begin to start noticing these things, it’s important to visit a health clinic. They can help diagnose what you have as well as give you proper remedies in order to get better as quickly as possible.

The bottom line here is, if you have a cold or even the flue, stay at home, take over-the-counter medications, rest up and encourage anyone you come in contact with to wash their hands often, as you do the same. If your symptoms seem to progressively get worse, seek medical attention ASAP to ensure you get control of the virus as soon as possible.

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