Common colds and influenza (flu, for short) share many similarities in terms of symptoms, including sniffling and sneezing. Colds are typically less severe and persist for a shorter duration. A severe cold, however, can turn into something more serious, such as a sinus infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia, without proper care.
Coughs are very similar - what may start out mild can very quickly escalate into a very serious matter. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are those of a cold, flu, or something more serious, your Local MD Urgent Care professionals can help you recognize the signs and ensure that you get the care you need quickly.
Typical symptoms of a head cold include:
For severe cold symptoms or those that last longer than a few days, visit us. You may be experiencing the flu, a sinus infection, or other more serious illness.
Causes Of Colds
Colds are often referred to as head colds because most symptoms are felt in the head area. Medically, they are considered upper respiratory viral infections. As suggested, they are caused by several types of viruses and are, therefore, highly contagious. They spread quickly from one person to another.
If it is simply a head cold, you may want to treat it at home, using the usual cold remedies. Make sure you stay hydrated, gargle with salt water, and get plenty of rest, as extra sleep plays an essential role in common cold treatment. Cold medicines may also help to relieve symptoms.
Over-the-counter cold medicines, like decongestants and antihistamines, can be good options. Other medicines for colds include pain relievers to bring down fever and cough suppressants to control coughing. Take care when using acetaminophen or Tylenol, however, if you are taking other products that contain these, as they can cause liver damage at excessive levels.
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