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It’s STILL Flu Season. Are you experiencing symptoms of a cold or is it the flu?

With several weeks remaining in this year’s flu season, it’s important to know the differences between a cold and the flu and when you should seek medical care.

Is it a cold or the flu?

Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and congestion, can be indicative of either a cold or flu. And both can definitely make you feel unwell. Both are contagious viral infections (viruses).  However, knowing the difference is important because unchecked, the flu can develop into something more serious such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Dr. Ferrara discussed flu symptoms, prevention, and treatment at length on a January 2018 live Facebook show which can be viewed here:

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms tend to develop abruptly.  You feel fine one day and the next day you are severely ill.  Alternatively, with a cold, you will notice that you gradually feel worse and worse. Symptoms of flu can include, in order of most common based on information from the CDC. 

What to do if you have the flu?

Dr. Ferrara says that the best thing you can do is to stay home, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids including juices and broth. Take Tylenol or Advil to help with symptoms. And see a doctor to ensure that you have not developed something else. 

If you or anyone in your home has the flu, be sure to wash hands, cover coughs and take extra care to ensure that common places are kept germ free. This includes your bedding, light switches, remote controls for televisions and games, bedding and any other items in the house that are touched by all.

How else can you prevent flu?

For most patients, our doctors stand with the CDC and recommend flu vaccine every season. We offer flu shots at both of our Urgent Care at Peachtree & Urgent Care at Druid Hills locations..

Are there special considerations for children?

If your child is sick with flu, you want to ensure that you follow some simple guidelines. According to

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It is recommended that you use the right amount of medicine according to your child's weight. Read the product label to see the appropriate dosage and how frequently your child needs to be taking the medicine.

Either ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used to help reduce fever and ease body aches and pain. The two medicines should not be combined without direction from a healthcare professional.

Do not use any aspirin or aspirin-containing products.

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Acetaminophen can be found in both Tylenol and in cold and cough medicines (this includes Dayquil and Mucinex). Make sure that you are 

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