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Treating the common cold

During the fall and winter, there tends to be a spike in the number of people who come down with cold and flu.

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between the common cold and the flu. Typically, the common cold, or an upper respiratory infection, is less severe and resolves in a few days, while the flu causes serious illness like fever and chills.

Symptoms of the common cold include:

·         Sore throat

·         Sneezing

·         Stuffy nose

·         Cough

Most of the time, a common cold can be treated at home and resolves within 10 days. The best treatments include:

·         Rest

·         Fluids

·         Over-the-counter pain reliever or nasal decongestant

Visit an urgent care center or see your primary care doctor if your symptoms do not resolve after about four days and you develop ear pain, fever, body aches or increased sore throat or headache.

Seek medical attention right away if you see any of these signs of severe flu in your children:

·         Difficulty breathing

·         Bluish skin color

·         Not drinking enough fluids or not eating

·         Persistent high fever

·         Fever with rash

·         Behavioral changes like irritability, listlessness and not interacting with others

Have the flu or other minor illness? Visit Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care, open daily for walk-ins or online reservations.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.



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