The disease lasts two to three weeks.
Strictly speaking, the common cold is a household name for many diseases accompanied by fever, General malaise and sometimes fever, headache, chills and aches throughout the body. The same symptoms can indicate that you visited the flu.
Because often the patient himself puts a diagnosis, it can easily confuse the common cold and the flu.
As shown by the observations of doctors, in particular laboratory group of physicians from children’s hospital of Chicago Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, are most susceptible to colds and different kinds of influenza children aged 0 to 14 years. They carry a heavier disease, their body still can not actively resist the effects of viruses and bacteria, the immune system is not at full strength. As a rule, from 100 who has a cold or flu patients in the above age group during the week of improvement of health all at 35-38 percent. Other cases recover longer the disease lasts two to three weeks, and they develop different complications.
Studies of adult patients in the clinic, Minneapolis Abbott Northwestern Hospital showed that out of 100 cases of influenza at the age of 14 to 35 years are the easiest to tolerate discomfort and recover with proper treatment within 7-10 days up to 45 percent of men and women. In older age, research is hindered by the presence of patients and related chronic diseases.
General practitioners, medical center Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have identified the most characteristic signs of a cold, which will help to distinguish it from influenza. If a person has wet feet, or could it already for several hours can cause unpleasant symptoms: sore throat, growing runny nose with nasal discharge, cough. The temperature can be in the normal range or rise slightly and slowly. The development of the disease, especially if you are in contact with the sneezing person, most likely, is precisely the cold, which requires treatment with antibiotics in combination with well-known folk remedies.
However, to prescribe antibiotics only the doctor, of course, after carrying out appropriate analyses. In that case, if the person still turns out to be the flu, which the flu was just preceded by, antibiotics not only will not help, but can cause the body harm – for the viruses, they do not act, the person will need treatment with antiviral medicines.
To recognize flu symptoms is possible by sharply increasing the temperature (for a few hours it can go up to 38-39 degrees), very painful aches throughout the body, severe headache, redness of the eyes and feeling them burning. Many symptoms of influenza are similar to symptoms of allergies – this helps to distinguish the dangerous viral disease from bacterial colds and acute respiratory diseases.
Other possible (but not required) flu symptoms may include General weakness, nausea, drowsiness, thirst. To some extent, reduce these unpleasant sensations will help drink plenty of water – it removes toxins from the body. But it is important to remember that the cold may be preceded by influenza, and to accompany it, and even overtake man after recovering from the flu – weakened by illness, the body is unable to resist adequately “attacked” bacteria. And of course, for the fastest recovery it is necessary to go to the doctor, describing him as the symptoms of colds and flu which man is likely to suspect.