Coughs and Colds

Know your winter blues

It is definitely that time of year again, when you finally give in and pull out your winter coat and style it with, you guessed it, tissues! It is possible to catch the cold and flu all year round, but you more likely to get sick when the temperature drops and evenings get shorter. But what exactly is the difference between cold and flu? Although they share symptoms, they are not the same – both are caused by different types of viruses!

The major difference is the severity of symptoms. With both, your nose may run and you may experience headaches, but with a cold, you should be able to carry on with your everyday life. In contrast, you will feel much more tired when you’ve got the flu. You may also feel achy all over and have a temperature. Some people also experience diarrhoea or sickness. Luckily, after about a week, your flu symptoms should begin to ease.

So how can you speed up recovery? Antibiotics will not help because both cold and flu are viral infections. The best way to manage symptoms is to control your pain and keep your temperature down with paracetamol. It is also important to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water! But all in all, the most important thing to do if you’re suffering from cold or flu is to rest up and get all the sleep you need.

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