Got the sniffly, sneezy blues? First things first, you gotta know your enemy! In the beginning stages of sickness you might be wondering if what you are dealing with is a cold or flu. Today we are sharing some helpful ways to figure out which monster you are battling and common myths to dispel.
The symptoms are very similar but one of the first ways to tell if you are dealing with a cold or flu is how quickly it comes on. A sudden onset of symptoms such as respiratory issues, fever, chills, aches and intense tiredness typically point to the flu. If what you are dealing with is a stuffy nose and sore throat, with none of the other symptoms just described, then it’s a common cold. Vomiting is a sign of neither, but instead is a sign of a stomach bug. Flu is a respiratory illness, not a digestive illness. It’s really important to figure out what you are dealing with because if it is the flu then there are prescription antiviral medications specifically formulated to lessen the symptoms and duration. However, those medications are most effective if taken within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
Now to dispel some of those myths floating around there about the cold and flu. . .
“Feed a cold, starve a fever”
Nope. Your cold is not gonna budge just because you are filling up the tank. And a fever doesn’t lessen just because your tummy is grumbling. In any case, you need to eat healthy to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to repair itself. Not a myth? Chicken soup really is good for a cold and at providing relief from your symptoms.
“You need antibiotics”
Wrong. A cold or flu are both caused by viruses. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics when you don’t really need them lessens their effectiveness when you really do. So unless a doctor has diagnosed you with a bacterial infection, don’t go this route.
“Cold weather is to blame. Bundle up or you’ll get sick”
Negative. As just mentioned, colds and the flu are viruses spread person to person. However, those roller coaster temperatures we experience in the fall can play havoc with your sinuses. Just don’t go blaming the weather for your cold or flu.
“You need to sweat it out”
Absolutely not! Dehydration can be dangerous and the exact opposite is what you need. Staying hydrated is essential to recover from illness. Our re:iimmune Hydrobiotic Recovery Formula has balancing electrolytes to help provide maximum rehydration.