Many people get colds each year, they are extremely common. The viral infection affects the respiratory tract, such as the nose and throat. There are various viruses that cause colds but the most common one is rhinoviruses. It can be spread through the mouth, eyes, or nose, this happens when droplets get in the air when someone sneezes or coughs. It can also be spread through contact with hands.
Most adults get about two or three colds a year. Young children are at higher risks for getting colds than others. But most people recover from this illness within ten days.
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Low Fever
- Slight Body Aches
Nasal discharge can change in color as the cold runs its course, it may appear think and yellow or greenish. This is normal. There is no cure for the common cold. It typically just needs to run its course and the symptoms can be helped with over-the-counter medications such as pain meds, nasal sprays, and cough drops.
Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory system, like the nose and throat. This is not a stomach flu which causes diarrhea and vomiting. This flu is spread through air droplets after someone sneezes or coughs. Young children, seniors, and those with weak immune systems are at high risk for getting the flu.
- High Fever over 100.4
- Aching Muscles
- Nasal Congestion
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
Most people need plenty of rest and fluids when they have the flu. You can get an antiviral medication if needed.
Why are colds worse at night?
Colds can often feel worse at night because your body temperature can rise at night, your circadian rhythm can affect your immune system, and you have fewer distractions at night and more time to really notice your symptoms.
What are the side effects of flu shots?
The side effects of the flu shot include soreness, redness, and swelling at the injection site. You may also experience headaches, a fever, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue.
Can you catch a cold from being wet?
No. Colds are caused by viruses, not by being wet or going outside in the cold without a jacket.
How long does the standard flu last?
The standard flu symptoms stick around for about 4-7 days. After that, you should start to feel better.
What causes a cold?
A cold is caused by viruses which often lead to inflammation in the membranes that line the nose and throat.
What are the best ways to prevent colds?
Some of the best ways to prevent colds are to wash your hands regularly, social distance when people around you are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
If you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms don’t wait to get treatment started. Contact WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids today. We will help to get your illness resolved. You can schedule a same-day appointment online at both our Cascade and Leonard locations.