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What’s Ailing You?

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

 

Cold

Flu

Strep Throat

Bronchitis

What is it?

  • Viral Infection
  • Viral Infection
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Viral Infection

Symptoms

  • Low-Grade Fever
  • Sneezing, Runny Nose
  • Mild Cough
  • Slight Muscle Aches
  • 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
  • Get Your Annual Influenza 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
  • 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, make a visit to your primary care provider.

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