What is the difference between a cold and the flu?4a
Colds and the flu are both upper respiratory infections but colds are generally milder than the flu. Common cold symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, congestion, cough and, in some cases, a mild fever. The flu also presents with a high fever, chills, fatigue and muscular aches and pains.
Why isn't there a cold vaccine?4b
The common cold may be caused by any one of nearly 250 different viruses! One vaccine cannot be prepared to protect against this vast number of viral strains. Additionally, as colds are generally mild infections of the upper respiratory system, there is less need for a vaccine.
Could my cold actually be an allergy?4c
Sniffing without muscular aches and a high fever can signal a cold or an allergy. A good indicator is the duration of your symptoms. If your symptoms last longer than 2 weeks and include red, itchy eyes then you may well have an allergy.
How can I prevent a cold or the flu?4d
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water! Both flu and cold viruses are transmitted through microscopic droplets from an infected person's respiratory system. This can be passed on from person to person or even from surface to person. If an infected person sneezes into their hands, they can then go on to contaminate every surface that they touch. If you touch the same surface and then rub your nose or eyes, you can be infected.
What are common flu symptoms?5a
Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and they tend to come on rapidly. Flu symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion and a cough. Swine flu specifically is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
What are common cold symptoms?5b
The first sign of a cold is usually a sore throat that goes away after a day or two. Typically this is followed by a runny nose and congestion along with a cough. Fever is uncommon in adults, but a slight fever is possible. Children are more likely to have a fever with a cold.
If I get a cold or the flu, should I go to the doctor for an antibiotic?
No. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. As colds and the flu are caused by viruses, antibiotics are usually not necessary.3
Corenza Para-C Effervescent is an effective multi-action cold and flu fighter. It is non-sedating and provides relief of mild to moderate pain and fever, blocked nose and sinus congestion associated with colds and flu. It’s suitable for patients who can’t tolerate aspirin or suffer from dyspepsia, peptic ulcers and renal dysfunction. Plus, it’s sugar free.1 So, whilst it won’t prevent you getting a cold or flu, it will help you feel much better while your body fights the infection.6
How can I boost my immune system to decrease the incidence of common infectious illness?
A well-nourished immune system that will defend your body against germs that cause colds and the flu. Eat nourishing foods and exercise regularly to support your immune system.4e Do you know that Immuenza® contains Beta-Glucan? Beta-Glucan is a naturally occurring substance shown to provide protection against infection and are known to activate the entire immune system.1
Ask your pharmacist about Immuenza®.