January Health Awareness
January is cold and flu season. It is difficult to determine if you have the cold or the flu because the symptoms are so similar.
Here is a chart to help you determine if you have a cold or the flu.
|Fever||Rare||Characteristic, high(100–102° F); lasts three to four days|
|General Aches/Pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Quite mild||Can last up to two to three weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Chest Discomfort, Cough||Mild to moderate, hacking cough||Common, can become severe|
|Complications||Sinus congestion or earache||Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life threatening|
|Prevention||None||Annual vaccination; Symmetrel, Flumadine, or Tamiflu (antiviral drugs)|
|Treatment||Only temporary relief of symptoms||Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza, or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms|
- Remember to get your yearly flu shot.
- Drink lots of fluids, wash your hands regularly, and get plenty of rest.
- Consult your physician or pharmacist before taking any over the counter medications.
- Some over the counter medications may cause an adverse reaction with your prescription drugs.
- Ask your Pharmacist about our over the counter products that are available at an excellent price.