Cold and flu season is just around the corner
Premier Medical Group explains how you can prepare.
In the U.S., most colds happen during the fall and winter season. Beginning in late August or early September, the rate increases slowly for a few weeks and remains high until March or April, when it goes down.
Why does cold & flu have a season?
- The opening of schools. Lots of kids means lots of colds.
- Cold weather plays a role because it leads you to spend more time indoors in closer contact with people who may be contagious.
- Changes in humidity in different seasons may also affect how often people get sick. The most common cold viruses survive better when humidity is low.
- Cold weather may make the lining of your nose drier and more vulnerable to an infection by a virus.
When do I call the doctor about a cold?
Most colds last about 7 to 10 days, but if your symptoms linger, you may need to call the doctor. Sometimes, colds lead to an infection by bacteria in in your lungs, sinuses, or ears. If that happens, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, which work against bacteria but not against viruses.
Is it a cold or is it the flu?
Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly. Symptoms of flu include
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches and soreness
Swine flu in particular is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
Check out our 3 Simple Tips to stay healthy from our past article. If you are feeling under the weather, come see us at our Dunlop Lane Walk-In Clinic open seven days a week. Flu shots are one of many ways we strive to provide you with #FullCircleCare, so we hope to see you soon!