Presentation on theme: "My Life Monday Is it a cold or the flu?"— Presentation transcript:
1My Life Monday Is it a cold or the flu? It’s winter and most of us are likely to catch a bad cold or flu. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a common cold or serious flu. We all know that they are both contagious respiratory infections caused by a virus but here is where the similarity ends.The first question that comes to mind is, what’s the difference? And you probably want to know how to protect yourself from a cold or the flu? You might already have an idea of how both infections spread but are you aware of the symptoms? Read on to find out more….
2The difference..A cold comes on gradually, usually two or three days after catching the infection. Some of the symptoms include a running & stuffy nose, itchy throat, cough or sneeze. Colds usually last for a week and rarely develop into serious problems. But one thing for sure, they make life uncomfortable!The flu on the other hand is sudden. It usually starts witha headache, dry cough orchills and leads to high fever,muscle ache, chest pain, weakness and fatigue. This infection prolongs for 2 to 3weeks.
3Recognising the symptoms.. FluColdHigh feverHeadacheAches & painsFatigue & weaknessConstant exhaustionSevere chestdiscomfort and coughRunning nose andcongestions developsduring the later stagesof the illness.NauseaStuffy noseSneezingModerate coughor chest discomfortSore throatcongestion in theearly stages.
4Prevention is the best cure! It is best to avoid getting sick. You are well aware that the cold & flu spread through the air when someone sneezes or coughs. It can also be contracted through direct contact, when shaking hands or greeting a person. Other indirect ways of contracting the infection occurs when sharing a beverage ortowel.Don’t alienate yourself, be courteous, at the same time cautious and try not to catch it! Sometimes it’s unavoidable so be prepared to take care of yourself when you do get a cold or flu.
5Here is a list of what you can do Get a lot of rest. Don’t exert yourself until your body recoversand has enough energy to fight the virus. When you have a fluand fever, it is very important to stay in bed until the fever subsidesStay warm and try to avoid cold drinks and ice cream.Drink 8 glasses of water a day and a few warm drinks. Warmor hot drinks can help clear congestion and relieve your soar throat.Try gargling with warm water and a little salt each morning to getrid of the soar throat and cough.Take a lukewarm bath to feel better. It will also help reduce a feverin case you have the flu.If you smoke, avoid smoking or being around others who smoke.Smoke can make your sore throat and congestion even worse.If the flu or cold persists, it would be wise to consult a physicianwho will provide you with the right medication.
6To prevent getting a cold or the flu, make sure you eat healthy, exercise properly andget sufficient rest.A strong immune system can help prevent a commoncold or flu.