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Protection against the common cold, flu, and viral infections

| Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Protection against the common cold, flu, and viral infections

The common cold is a normal viral infection, which affects the nose and throat. Whereas flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused due to influenza viruses that may infect the nose, throat, and even lungs sometimes.

You must become protective against the common cold, flu, and other types of seasonal infections. Taking precautions can make you stay away from these seasonal and viral disorders.

All you need to take some basic safety measures in order to keep these infections at bay. Eating healthy along with all these safety precautions is also very important to keep your body healthy and hygienic.

Here you need to know all about common cold and flu:

Adults may notice similar symptoms in Cold and Flu infections. Both of these are more common in the winter season. But there are a few differences between these two, mentioned below:

  • Adults face 2-3 times colds a year, but flu infects our body twice a decade.
  • The common cold cannot be controlled with a vaccine, whereas the flu can be prevented by a vaccine.
  • Influenza viruses are the reason to cause the flu, while many viruses can cause only cold
  • Fever is rare in common cold whereas it is common in the flu.
  • Fewer chances of Nasal congestion in flu, while common cold invites stuffy and runny nose.
  • The bacterial infection may be reported in the flu, but the common cold causes only mild body aches.
  • Serious complications are rare whereas flu can cause high fever, severe body aches, and pneumatic condition.

Treatment for Common Cold:

Usually cold goes on its own, but a few medication procedures can be practised for providing relief to the patients.

Treatment for Flu

Even flu goes on its own, but constant medication is required to control the fever and save lungs from bacterial infections. Energy giving fluids is given constantly for providing energy to the patient.

How to prevent spreading of Cold & Flu?

Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing

It is highly recommended to cover your face or mouth with a tissue or the crook of the elbow while sneezing or coughing. Doing so can help you stop spreading the virus further.

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

Your finger touches so many things like electrical switches, doorknob, TV remote, from where your fingers can pick up the virus or germ. Touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with those germ-carrying fingers can help the germ enter your lungs, stomach, and bloodstream.

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands often with the germ killer soap or liquid for 20-30 seconds for at least 8-10 times a day.

Limit contact with people who are already ill

Do not shake hands or hug people who are already suffering from the cold or flu. Try to maintain an optimum distance to avoid contacting germ or virus.

The experienced doctors at Signature hospital offer the future of Internal medicine with advanced medicinal practices for common cold and flu. The subspecialties of Internal Medicine at Signature hospital promises for the best of cold and flu treatments. All age of cold and flu patients are treated efficiently in the division of internal medicine of Signature Hospital.

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