Check Your Symptoms — What Might be Ailing You

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It’s sniffles season again. But how can you tell whether you have a cold, the flu, COVID-19 or another infection? This symptom guide might point you in the right direction. 






Strep Throat 


What is it? 

Viral infection 


Viral infection 

Bacterial infection 

Viral infection 


- Low-grade fever 

- Sneezing, runny nose 

- Mild cough 

- Slight muscle aches 


- Cough 

- Difficulty breathing 

- Fever 

- Vomiting and diarrhea (mostly in children) 

- Loss of taste or smell  

- Sore throat 

- Headache 


- Sudden and high fever above 101°F 

- Stuffy, runny nose 

- Headache 

- Muscle Aches 

- Fever 

- Pain when swallowing 

- Sore throat that may start quickly 

- Red and swollen tonsils 

- Red spots on roof of mouth 

- Coughing with or without mucus 

- Soreness in chest 

- Fatigue 

- Mild headache 

- Mild body aches 

Best Prevention 

Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people who are sick 


Wear a face covering, maintain social distancing of 6 ft. and wash your hands often 

Get your annual flu vaccine and wash hands often 

Practice good hand hygiene 

Wash your hands often, don’t smoke and stay up to date on recommended vaccines 

Best Course of Action 

Rest and Over-The-Counter Medicines 


Call your doctor and avoid contact with others  

Rest, fluids and antiviral medicines, if needed 

Antibiotics after positive strep test 

Rest, fluids and clean humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer 

When to See the Doctor? 

If your symptoms don’t improve or you start noticing new symptoms, schedule a visit to your  primary care provider. Help prevent the flu by getting your seasonal flu vaccine either at your primary care provider’s office or schedule an appointment  with us at AdventHealth Centra Care.  

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