What is Cold and flu
What is Cold and flu?
Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose—everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known.
Although the common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting 1 to 2 weeks, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work.
Symptoms of Cold and flu
Symptoms of the common cold usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and often include:
• Mucus buildup in your nose
• Difficulty breathing through your nose
• Swelling of your sinuses
• Sore throat
Fever is usually slight but can climb to 102 degrees Fahrenheit in infants and young children. Cold symptoms can last from 2 to 14 days, but like most people, you’ll probably recover in a week. If symptoms recur often or last much longer than 2 weeks, you might have an allergy rather than a cold.
Treatment of Cold and flu
There is no cure for the common cold, but you can get relief from your cold symptoms by:
• Resting in bed.
• Drinking plenty of fluids.
• Gargling with warm salt water or using throat sprays or lozenges for a scratchy or sore throat.
• Using petroleum jelly for a raw nose.
• Taking aspirin or acetaminophen—Tylenol, for example—for headache or fever.