Cold or Flu-Why You Want to Know Which You Have

Because the flu and the cold have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference, particularly at the onset. “If it’s the flu, you should see a doctor immediately to get a rapid flu test,” says Dr. Serena Hon, Family Medicine physician at ARC Wilson Parke. “The treatment will help reduce symptoms, speed your recovery and decrease your chances of developing complications like pneumonia or bronchitis.”

Dr. Hon says with the flu “symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense.” Colds are usually milder than the flu; people with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Dr. Hon also reminds patients that “Your best defense before getting ill, get the flu vaccine. It’s not too late to vaccinate!”

Dr. Hon is currently accepting new patients at ARC Wilson Parke. Call 737-247-7200 or make an appointment online.

For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the ARC Healthcare Minute which airs on KLBJ News Radio 590AM/99FM. You can also listen to podcasts from past episodes on the ARC website.

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