Colds and flu are often associated with one another; sometimes the two illnesses are even used interchangeably due to the fact that these two have similar symptoms, so much so that we sometimes forget that these two are totally different illnesses.
The two illnesses have the same symptoms, the flu is generally harder to deal with as it stays longer, its symptoms are far more severe and hit your body all at once, and the flu is caused by a strain of a virus, the Influenza virus.
The common symptoms of flu and cold are as follows.
A cough, Fever, Congestion, Body pain, Runny or Stuffy Nose, Itchy or Watery eyes, Sore Throat, and Headaches, although it is important to keep in mind that flu hits harder and all at once.
Colds and cases of flu are the most common reason for hospital visits, and yet medicinal practitioners admit that there still isn’t a cure for the two illnesses alike, even when the flu vaccine exists, it still doesn’t ensure that you’ll be 100 percent immune to the illness.
As such, the most that doctors can prescribe to their patients are medicine for the symptoms associated with colds and cases of flu, as well as advising ways on how to prevent contracting these illnesses, especially now in the flu season.
Prevention of the two illnesses is as simple as how the illnesses get to your body in the first place. Whenever someone with cold or flu coughs or sneezes, chances are their saliva and mucus has enough amount of the virus for other people to contract the illnesses.
With that in mind, knowing that the flu season is here, it doesn’t hurt to wear your face masks. As both are viral diseases, keeping yourself clean, especially your hands and even your mouth can help lessen the chance of you getting infected.
In line with this, we should always be mindful of where our fingers are going. Without knowing it, we often rub our eyes or nose with our fingers that will potentially lead to us being infected. Of course, it isn’t enough to keep ourselves clean, as we should practice keeping our surroundings clean by using disinfectant sprays, especially when in the bathroom and the kitchen. These are the places with the most number of sponges and rags, which are often the things that have the most amounts of germs. Keeping clean on the outside will inevitably falter, and as such keeping our bodies healthy in the inside will help us prevent these diseases. Getting an ample amount of rest, a healthy and well-balanced diet, as well as getting exercise will help our immune system be built tougher and will give viruses a harder time bypassing our defenses inside the body.