Do you have the Flu or just a cold?
It can be difficult knowing if your symptoms are a cold or the flu. Here’s a quick questionnaire that will let you know what your illness could be, and treatments for a better recovery.
How does your head feel?
- Heavy with a slight headache
- Constant headache
How are your sinuses?
- Runny or blocked
- Okay or normal
Do you have a cough?
- Yes, but it is tolerable
- Yes, it is exhausting
Are you clammy, freezing or feverish?
Do you have a temperature?
- Yes but only slightly above normal
- Yes, it seems high
How much energy do you have?
- Slightly less than a regular day
- I am struggling to get out of bed
When did your symptoms occur?
- Without warning
IF YOU GOT MOSTLY 1’S – YOU MAY HAVE A COLD
This viral infection is easier to treat, on average colds can last 3 to 5 days.
- Rest with no vigorous workouts.
- Sleep; the more you sleep, the better and faster your body can recover.
- Keep warm, so your body doesn’t work overtime fighting the virus and elevating your temperature.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Water and chicken soup are recommended.
- Over the counter, cold medicine should relieve your symptoms.
- Aloe Vera tissues. They may not stop your nose running, but they are less harsh than normal tissue meaning they are less slightly to cause a sore nose.
IF YOU GOT MOSTLY 2’S – YOU MAY HAVE THE FLU
The flu is harder to treat as the symptoms are more severe and come on extremely abruptly. The average flu can last between 7 to 14 days. We recommend the following treatment:
- Rest until your energy levels are back to normal. This means no workouts or work.
- Sleep; the more you sleep the better and faster your body can recover.
- Keep warm, so your body can solely concentrate on getting better Stay hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids.
- Pain relief, paracetamol or ibuprofen can lower your temperature and help with aches and pains.