It is nearing the fall season, which means that the flu is just around the corner. Everyone has experienced at least one or two bouts of influenza and it nothing to brag about. Not only do you feel fatigued, but you will also suffer innumerable symptoms that can be very agonizing.
The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which can lead to pneumonia. If you have a history of getting terrible flu symptoms, you should consider getting vaccinated. Flu vaccines can definitely decrease the symptoms, if not stop them in their tracks. It is important to know the different in rhinitis (common cold) and the flu virus, because the flu can be more devastating.
- Non-productive cough
- Sore throat
- Postnasal drip
- Muscle and joint pain
- Warm/flushed skin
Warning symptoms such as vertigo, vomiting, tightness in the chest area, and dyspnea should be treated immediately.
The common cold will normally run its course anywhere from 1-4 days, but this does not mean that you will not feel miserable, during this time. Symptoms of a cold includes postnasal drip, sneezing, sore throat, and a non-productive cough.
Home Remedy for Sore Throat
- Warm salt water gargles
- Drink plenty of fluids (water, fruit juices, and energy drinks)
- Moist heat pad or water bottle will help relieve generalized pain
- Hot steam will reduce and open up nasal passageways
- Apple cider vinegar gargles
- Lemon and honey (you can create a warm tea with these ingredients)
If you begin to exhibit a fever, productive cough with dark green/yellow phlegm, you should immediately schedule a visit to the ER or your primary care physician. It is important to note that individuals that have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, will have a higher risk of getting pneumonia, so do not hesitate to seek treatment.