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A COLD, THE FLU, ALLERGIES, OR H1N1?

Posted on | October 20, 2009 | No Comments

It’s important to know what ails you — so you can stop the spread of something serious by staying HOME. So here’s what your symptoms point to, and what you can do about it. We got this from Health magazine.

  http://interprep.com/images/icons/info.png  You have seasonal flu if your fever hits 101 or 102 degrees, and comes with chest discomfort plus major aches and exhaustion. That’s the word from Dr. Niel Schracter, author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu. He says take pain pills for fever and aches, get some rest, and drink lots of liquids. Those who are at a higher risk for flu complications — such as pregnant women, elderly adults and people with chronic illnesses — may need antiviral medications, such as Relenza and Tamiflu.

  http://interprep.com/images/icons/info.png  You have a common cold if you have a runny nose, a little cough, and a low-grade fever — a little high, but under 100 degrees. Your body won’t feel achy, like the flu. You need to stay hydrated, which will boost your immune system and help relieve congestion.

  http://interprep.com/images/icons/info.png  Then there are allergies. If you’re sneezy, itchy, and have a runny nose you may be having an attack. It’s a good idea to keep allergy medicine on hand. Using a saline nasal spray, and breathing steam to keep your sinus passages irrigated, will also help.

  http://interprep.com/images/icons/info.png  How can you tell if you have H1N1? Dr. Schracter says that the H1N1 virus feels a lot like seasonal flu — it may even feel milder — but it often comes with gastro issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea. This makes it even easier to become dehydrated. So again, drink plenty of liquids and follow the standard flu treatment. Also, a characteristic of swine flu is coughing — because it can get in your lungs. So stay home — since swine flu is highly contagious — and call your doctor if you’re in the high-risk category, or you aren’t better after a week. ANY flu can develop into pneumonia, and you want to avoid that.

(From Justin) : I got a fever, for more cowbell! :-) Have a great week and keep washing your hands.

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