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How to Prevent & Treat Your Cold or Flu

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What should you have in your cabinets to prepare for cold and flu season?
Air Date: 1/14/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Doug Harley, DO
Doug Harley Dr. Douglas W. Harley is a 2002 graduate from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren, Ohio. Post-residency he served the underserved population in Youngstown, Ohio as a practicing physician and medical director for a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Dr. Harley currently serves as a family physician in Akron, Ohio, as well as Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine residency program and Vice Chief of Medical Staff for Cleveland Clinic Akron General. He has lead his practices through state and national vaccination and quality improvement initiatives.
How to Prevent & Treat Your Cold or Flu
The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness that commonly occurs in the months between early winter and spring.

If you've ever caught the flu, you know how awful the symptoms can make you feel. The symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and fatigue.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones from cold and flu.

Is it a cold? Or is it the flu?

Sometimes, the symptoms can be very similar. The flu comes on suddenly and your symptoms are more intense. Your fever is higher, your cough is more severe, and you may experience strong aches, pains, and fatigue. Colds are typically milder than the flu and can linger from several days to several weeks.

Cold symptoms:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sneezing and/or a stuffy, runny nose
  • Mild, hacking cough
  • Scratchy, tickly, or sore throat
  • Achy muscles and bones or fatigue

Flu symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Headache (more common with flu than cold)
  • Sometimes sneezing
  • Cough, often becoming severe
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Sometimes a sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Several weeks of fatigue

Listen in as Doug Harley, DO, shares the differences between a cold and the flu, as well as the ways you can keep yourself healthy during cold and flu season.