With the change in season, many people catch a cold and flu. So, what are the common symptoms and treatment for the same? We will give you a brief guide to flu. Keep reading to know the details.
The symptoms of the flu may vary from person to person. However, some common symptoms are listed below:
- Runny or blocked nose
- A sore throat
- Watery eyes
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A Headache
Apart from these cold sweats in flu is also a common symptom.
There are some severe symptoms of the flu as well such as:
- Persistent fever, which lasts than more than three days.
- Persistent coughing, which does not go away in two to three weeks.
- Persistent swallowing, which causes severe pain.
- Severe headaches
- Shortness of breath
If you see any of these symptoms, you must visit a nearby clinic to get proper treatment for the same. It is better to take the treatment in the initial stages to avoid any further problems.
Now, what are the treatment options available for flu and cold?
Well, there is no hardcore treatment for the cold and flu. These are seasonal infections and can easily be cured with medications and home remedies. Let’s look in detail.
Over the counter medications: Common medications like antihistamines, decongestants, pain relievers, and some antibiotics. Some may also use the combination of these medicines. But, keep in mind before taking any medicine you must consult a doctor. They can examine your condition first and then prescribe you with the medicine.
Home Remedies: Most of the times common cold or flu can easily get cured at home. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids – water, juices, etc. It is best to do gargles with salt water and take proper rest. Although home treatment cannot completely kill the infection, but can help in relieving the symptoms.
In case, you are facing severe symptoms, then visit your nearby doctor. They will properly guide you with the do’s and dont’s of the flu. The doctor can also guide with the different type of flu. Whether you have a flu A or flu b treatment for all are available with the doctor. So, don’t panic.
How long does flu last?
There is no exact number of days the disease would last, but on an average, the flu can last from seven to ten days. Rest, it depends on your overall health and how it can fight back. If you feel the symptoms persist longer than normal, then make sure you consult an experienced doctor to know the reason.
Here are a few preventive measures which may help you keep the infections at bay.
- Wash your hands from time to time, to avoid any infections.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Throw away the used tissues lying in your bag.
- Always keep a hand sanitizer with you to kill bacteria in the hands.
In case, you need any professional help or guidance, then you can consult Southgate Medical Centre. Visit their official website to know more details.