Monday, February 7, 2011

Do You Have a Cold or the Flu

Here are some tips if you get sick and wonder if you have a cold or the flu. You basically wait out a cold. Fortunately you can get an antiviral from your doctor if you have the flu and catch it early. Here are some tips to let you know when to wait it out and when to get some medical attention. If you have a fever over 100 its the flu 80% of the time. When muscles aches are severe, chances are its not a cold. Having chills and feeling exhausted are usually more noticeable with the flu than with a cold. Headaches are more common in flu cases where as sore throats are possible in flu and colds. Nausea is a popular flu symptom but not in colds. Runny noses are common cold symptoms in adults and children but more likely the flu with children.
If you get the flu and you want to feel better here are some tips: Get some extra sleep, take Tylenol or Advil, stay warm, drink fluids and stay away from others.
To avoid getting the flu .... exercise on a regular basis. Every time you workout your body gets an elevated T cell count. Its kind of like a cleaning lady moving through your body removing free radicals that lead to illness. Over a period of time this "cleaning" effect can actually prevent you from getting sick!

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