What’s the Difference Between Flu and Cold?

At the sign of a sneeze and a runny nose, ready !! We already think that the flu has knocked on our door and luckily it is not so. Many people do not know how to distinguish the symptoms and what is happening to their body after all, so we are going to inform them about the difference between flu and cold in order to provide beyond the information the chance to have even better care since the flu is not something trivial and can lead to children, older people or people with lower immunity to death.

Both the flu and the cold are diseases considered viral and go far beyond the symptoms that show them. Even though their symptoms are very similar, there is a big difference between flu and cold even in the intensity that they appear. And this is the big difference between the two, the intensity that the symptoms present since in the cold the symptoms see lightly and go away with less durability of time.

The flu is caused by the virus known as Influenza and the cold by the Rhonovirus virus or others more similar. The flu has a longer duration reaching 7 to 10 days and the person is completely prostrate, unable to do their routine activities . Colds, on the other hand, are usually present for 2 to 4 days and their symptoms are milder, making it possible for the person to work and continue with their routine normally. Another difference between the flu and the cold is that the flu usually triggers a high fever while the cold does not have a fever or the patient is in a feverish state, that is, a low fever.

Both the flu and the cold have headaches, muscle pain and cough as symptoms , but the flu in turn has more force in the symptoms that present themselves in a more severe and severe way. That is why your care must be intense as it offers even greater risks, as is the case of pneumonia that, if poorly cared for, can worsen and lead to death. The cold, in turn, has the greatest consequences of otitis, sinusitis or getting worse for bronchitis.

The indicated treatment for flu is absolute rest, drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as you can . Medicines are indicated only to relieve symptoms since there is no medication that can permanently cut the disease, so paracetamol is indicated for pain and fever control. For colds, adequate food, vitamin C and medications to relieve the symptom and patience, as the symptoms pass quickly and in a few days.

Pregnancy and Colds in Pregnancy – What to do?

Everyone knows that during pregnancy it is necessary to triple the care and not to take any medication as some substances can harm the baby’s fetal development. And when they get sick it is a real sadness since there are few drugs that are released for consumption by pregnant womento relieve symptoms and fight disease. Flu and cold are also no different, since when this type of disease occurs it is common to go to a pharmacy and get clogged with various drugs that offer miraculous actions against such uncomfortable symptoms, but in pregnancy this cannot happen. Therefore, the only treatment during this period against flu and colds is the intake of drugs based on paracetamol to control the signs and vitamin C, which can be ingested through juices and fruits and foods in general.

The woman’s immune system during pregnancy becomes more sensitive as she is working to not reject the fetus as an invader of the organism. That is why it is very normal to see pregnant women suffering from flu and colds, as well as being more prone to other infections. During pregnancy, a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is recommended, which will keep the woman’s body stronger to work during this period. If the obstetrician finds it important, he may recommend the use of vitamin supplements to control the levels of this vitamin in the daily diet.

The public health network makes available in all health centers free of charge the vaccine that prevents the HN1 flu for groups at risk as in the case of pregnant women. The obstetrician himself will indicate the search for the nearest clinic with his vaccination card so that he can take the necessary preventive doses.

See also: How to Increase Immunity in Children

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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