Signs and Symptoms: Flu Versus Cold

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While the initial symptoms can seem very similar, the cold and the flu are two very different illnesses. A cold is more of a mild, respiratory illness, while the flu is something that will keep you down and out for weeks. The flu can also result in complications like pneumonia and hospitalizations. To better understand the difference between the cold and the flu, here are the symptoms you’ll experience.

Symptoms of the cold

  • Sore throat which goes away within two days
  • Nasal symptoms: runny nose and congestion
  • A cough towards the end of the illness
  • Fever is possible, but unlikely

Symptoms of the flu

  • Cold-like symptoms, including sore throat, congestion and cough
  • Muscle aches and soreness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Cold symptoms typically last around a week, with the first three days being the most contagious. During those first few days, it’s important to stay at home. If your cold symptoms persist for more than a week, check with your doctor to determine if you’ve developed an allergy or sinusitis.

For the flu, symptoms are more intense, but last only two to five days. However, because of the intense symptoms, you may feel run down for more than a week. If you begin to notice shortness of breath alongside your flu symptoms, seek medical attention immediately as this could be a sign of pneumonia.

To prevent both the cold and the flu, wash your hands as often as possible. You should also avoid close contact with anyone displaying symptoms of either illness. For the flu, you can also get the annual flu vaccine to prevent getting sick.

If you believe your child have symptoms of either the cold or the flu, it’s a good idea to get checked out by a doctor. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our doctors are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Dallas Clinic

DallasNWH_9391Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides comprehensive care in a wide range of pediatric specialty services, including lab services, breathing treatments, sports physicals, x-rays, strep testing and more. Whether your child has been injured or is feeling under the weather, a trip to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is guaranteed to be a stress-free, effective experience.

IMG_0387With six locations throughout the DFW metroplex, finding a Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care near you is easy. While we have the same friendly team and superior service at all six convenient locations, those visiting the Dallas clinic have the added benefit of additional, specialty care close-by at the Medical City Children’s Hospital. Although the urgent care facilities are fully staffed with pediatric specialists, there are instances where a hospital stay or specialty care is needed.

IMG_0377With 156 beds, this comprehensive and specialized children’s hospital provides advanced pediatric healthcare for young patients of all ages, from newborns to teenagers. Pediatric specialties at Medical City Children’s Hospital include pediatric emergency services, care for congenital heart conditions, pediatric cancer care (hematology and oncology), pediatric orthopedics, neurosurgery, craniofacial surgery, pediatric transplant and kidney care, and a Level IV NICU – the highest level of NICU care available in Dallas.

IMG_0358To find the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care location nearest you, visit our website. With the ability to check in online before your visit, your child will be seen as soon as possible because we know each minute counts. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.

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Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.