While a cold and the flu (influenza) have many of the same symptoms, they are caused by different viruses. The flu virus also tends to have stronger symptoms than those associated with the common cold. Visiting a walk in clinic can pinpoint which of the two illnesses you may be suffering from.
Cold and Flu Symptoms
Due to the fact that colds and the flu have similar symptoms, it can be difficult for you to self diagnose the issue. Some of the common signs and symptoms of both include:
- Runny and stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Frequent sneezing
- Feeling weak or tired
Flu symptoms will be similar but more severe. A dry hacking cough and a much stronger level of fatigue usually indicate a person is suffering from the flu.
Cold vs Flu Diagnosis and Treatment
In most cases, a cold will come and go before a test is necessary. However, if your symptoms are persistent, you should visit a doctor to get a full examination. The doctor may decide to perform a throat test or flu test in order to determine the cause of your symptoms.
The best treatment for a cold is simply taking it easy while you are sick. Colds will generally go away on their own within a week. Here are a few things you can do to speed up your recovery:
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of fluids
- Take quality over the counter cold and cough medications to manage your symptoms
If you know you are suffering from the flu, attacking the problem within the first 72 hours is your best bet. A doctor can prescribe you anti viral medications that can shorten the duration of your illness and manage your symptoms. If you are unsure whether you are suffering from cold or flu, you can visit your local walk-in clinic for advice.
Visit AM/PM Walk-In Urgent Care Clinic
If you are suffering from a cold or have flu like symptoms, AM/PM Walk-In Urgent Care is ready to give you high quality care and treatment today. We have offices in Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, and North Bergen. No appointment necessary, just walk right in! Also, AM/PM provides flu shots every year to protect from seasonal strains and H1N1 strains. There is no better way to protect yourself from contracting the flu.