How Do You Know If It Is A Cold Or The Flu?

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Childrens Books Blog, Environment, Learning
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Cold
Symptoms: Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, low fever.
Duration: 1 week.
How you feel: Tired, with symptoms focused on nose, throat and head.
Self-Care: Prop your head at night to help your nose drain. Drink lots of fluids.
Medication: Over the counter medications can ease symptoms. There is no cure.
When to call a doctor: When discharge from nose or throat is yellow or green.
Prevention: Wash hands often and avoid contact with sick people.

Flu
Symptoms: High fever, chills, weakness, loss of appetite, body aches, dry cough and burning eye.
Duration: 1 week to 10 days.
How you feel: Worse than a cold, sore and weak like you could sleep all day.
Self-Care: Sleep and rest and drink lots of fluids. Stay home a day or 2.
Medication: Antiviral medicines can shorten the flu.
When to call a doctor: You have another chronic illness or symptoms last more than 10 days.
Prevention: Get flu shot early, wash hands and avoid sick people.

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