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Urgent Care Reports: The Common Cold Vs. The Flu

First Med Urgent Care: Cold & Flu symptoms

At First Med Urgent Care, we specialize in treating a wide scope of illnesses and minor injuries. One of the illnesses we are continuously treating at this time is the flu. Believe it or not, March is still a month when the flu bug is still going around. There are some times when patients visit the urgent care and we have found that they cannot tell the difference between their common cold symptoms and the flu. So, when you awaken one morning and find that you can’t stop sneezing and coughing, how do you judge if you have the common cold or the flu?

If you are one of the patients who doesn’t know the difference between the symptoms, then you aren’t alone. According to WebMD, it is common for patients to mistake the two, because sometimes the symptoms seem impossible to tell apart. Of course, you can visit our urgent care facility for either one, but we want you to know some of the most common symptoms you may have for both the flu and the common cold.

Our urgent care tip #1- Common cold symptoms:

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat and this can last a few days. A lot of patients will have nasal symptoms, a runny nose, and congestion in the beginning stages of a common cold. By around day 4 or 5 a cough can develop. Furthermore, a heavy fever is uncommon in adults, but there is still a possibility for a very slight fever. There is no surprise that children are more susceptible to having a fever with a cold. As a warning, we will tell you that during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious! So be careful around the other members of your household, try not to touch your face too much and wash your hands thoroughly.

Our urgent care tip #2- Common flu symptoms:

The flu tends to come on more suddenly and patients will, generally, feel much worse than when they have a cold. If you have that achy feeling, like you’ve been hit by a truck, then chances are that you probably have the flu. Patients will often look and feel very sick, feel weak, have a high fever, and be extremely fatigued when they have the flu. Additionally, many people have been known to get a “dry” cough. Much like the common cold, the flu can be spread easily through contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. This is why it is so important to attempt to keep your hands germ free.

We hope that this information has helped put the difference between the flu and the common cold into perspective. If you feel you need treatment for either illness, please do not hesitate to visit First Med Urgent Care.