Health Matters

Seasonal Sickness

Know the difference between a cold and the flu.

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Cold and flu are caused by viruses — so antibiotics won’t help with recovery, making prevention key. Dr. Brian Reed, Chair of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine explains the two illnesses.

“Hand washing and avoiding contact with sick individuals can help to prevent colds and flu. Rest and drinking fluids are key for a speedy recovery.”

“Each year Most adults catch 2-3 common colds and children typically get sick with even more. A common cold can cause cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat and can last 7-10 days.”

“Seasonal flu peaks in the colder fall and winter months. Flu symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and fatigue. Most people recover in a few days. However, some develop life-threatening complications like pneumonia.”

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