Cold and flu symptoms often develop quickly and can take you by surprise. At Northern Medical Group, Primary Care Division, in Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, and Wappinger Falls, New York, the team of primary care specialists diagnose and treat the common cold and flu to help you recover from your symptoms as quickly as possible. Call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about the common cold and flu.
The common cold and influenza (flu) are respiratory illnesses that cause similar symptoms. While cold and flu symptoms can develop anytime, both viruses commonly spread during winter.
Cold symptoms are usually milder than the flu. Individuals with the common cold may experience minor nasal congestion, a runny nose, and sneezing. Colds usually resolve with proper rest and fluids within a few days.
While the common cold rarely causes complications, the flu can advance quickly. Some patients experience severe complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and long-term lung damage. In immunocompromised individuals, like seniors, the flu can even lead to death.
Cold and flu viruses usually spread through respiratory droplets. If you have a virus, coughing or sneezing can infect others. You can also contract these viruses by touching an object with respiratory droplets and touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Most people are infectious for a couple of days before they start experiencing symptoms and at least a few days after they begin, so the cold and flu can spread through communities quickly.
Cold and flu symptoms vary but typically include:
The types and severity of your symptoms can help the team diagnose your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
The Northern Medical Group, Primary Care Division, team can typically diagnose the cold and flu based on your symptoms. However, they can diagnose the flu through a rapid test. If you test positive for the flu, they can recommend a treatment plan that reduces your symptoms and restores your health.
Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your symptoms. Most colds respond well to at-home treatments. To minimize flu symptoms, the team may recommend:
Call Northern Medical Group, Primary Care Division, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about the cold and flu.