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Eye Pain: Causes, Treatment, and When to See a Doctor
Eye Pain: Causes, Treatment, and When to See a Doctor

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Am Fam Physician. 2006 October 1; 74 (7) :. 1179-1180

Colds and flu causes a lot of the same symptoms. But colds usually mild, while the flu tends to be more severe.

A cold often starts with feeling tired, sneezing, coughing, and have a runny nose. You may not have a fever, or you can run a low fever-only 1 or 2 degrees higher than usual. You may have muscle pain, itching or sore throat, watery eyes, and headaches.

flu starts suddenly and hits hard. You may feel weak and tired and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, a bad headache, eye pain, and sore throat. Usually take longer to get over the flu than a cold.

More than 100 different viruses can cause colds. There are not many viruses that cause the flu. That is why there is a shot for flu and not for colds. To keep from getting the flu, all children between six months and five years, adults older than 50 years, and those with a history of asthma or lung disease should get a flu shot every October or November.

There is no cure for the cold or flu. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. Unless you have the flu and see your doctor within two days after your symptoms begin, all you can do to feel better is treat your symptoms when your body fights viruses. You can also use the flu drug over-the-counter to help you feel better. Do not give children flu medication without checking with your doctor first. People who take prescription drugs should also check with their doctor before taking over-the-counter cold medications.

How to treat your cold and flu symptoms

stay home and rest, especially when you have a fever.

Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fruit juices, and clear soup.

Do not drink alcohol.

Gargling with warm salt water several times a day if you have a sore throat. throat sprays or lozenges also help with the pain.

Use nasal spray to help loosen mucus and moisten the skin on your nose.

Most people do not need to see a doctor when they have a cold or flu. But if you have any of the symptoms in the box below, call your doctor

Emergency cold and flu symptoms

In children :.

Fever above 102 ° F (38.9 ° C) or a fever that lasts a long time

a cold that lasts for more than 10 days

Respiratory Problems , rapid breathing, or wheezing

bluish skin

Not drinking enough fluids

Earache or drainage from the ear

change Mental (such as difficulty waking up, irritability or seizures)

Flu-like symptoms was better but come back later with a fever and cough worse

medical problems chronic (such as diabetes or heart disease) worse

in adults:

fever above 102 ° F (38.9 ° C) or a fever that lasts a long time

a cold that lasts for more than 10 days

breathing problems or shortness of breath

pain or pressure in the chest

fainting or feeling like you’re going to faint

Confusion

severe vomiting

very bad pain in the face And a or forehead

hoarse ness, sore throat, or cough that will not go away

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