KaChoo! Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Posted by administration on November 4, 2014

Flu SeasonYou know the feeling. It starts with a slight tickle in your throat, or the feeling that something “isn’t quite right.” Then…boom! You’re sick.

But how do you know if you have a common cold or the full-blown flu?

The flu typically comes on fast, while a cold can start slowly and gradually become worse. The symptoms of each condition are different, too.

Cold Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy throat
  • Fatigue
  • Mild cough

A cold typically lasts about three days, but congestion may continue a week or more. Sometimes cold complications develop, which can lead to sinus infections, bronchitis, ear infections or asthma attacks.

Flu Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Extreme muscle aching over your entire body
  • Major fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal discharge
  • Dry cough
  • Vomiting or stomach pain (in children)

Flu symptoms can last one to two weeks. Flu complications can lead to pneumonia, dehydration, sinus infections, ear infections, hospitalization or even death.

Whether you have a simple cold or the full-blown flu, if you are sick and have a cosmetic surgery scheduled, it’s important to inform your doctor of your condition so he or she can decide if it is safe to proceed.

For example, if you have a mild cold, you may be able to have a procedure like BOTOX® in Aurora. However, if you are scheduled for an invasive surgery such as Aurora breast augmentation and have signs of respiratory illness, you will most likely be advised to postpone your procedure until you are healthy to avoid unnecessary complications. Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center will analyze your health before performing any procedure.

It is estimated that between 5% - 20% of people in the United States get the flu every year. Flu season starts in the fall and really gains strength in January and February. But this pesky virus can continue wreaking havoc well into the spring months.

The flu is spread when flu germ droplets land on you via coughs, sneezes or by touching a surface that is laced with the virus. These germ droplets can be anywhere: on shopping cart handles, school desks, phones, books, door handles, etc. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces up to eight hours! To minimize your risk of getting the flu, keep your distance from people who are sick, frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Your best defense against the flu? Get a flu vaccine! Seasonal flu vaccines work by causing antibodies to grow in the body two weeks after vaccination. This year’s vaccines protect against three types of viruses. The type of protection included in each year’s vaccination is different to keep up with the changing flu viruses. The flu vaccine is available as a flu shot or as a nasal spray. 

It’s better to be safe than sorry. At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center we understand that our patients are often very excited to look younger and enhance their body shape through our cosmetic procedures, but there is no need to rush surgery at the risk of your overall health. Make sure your body is ready to handle your procedure of choice.

If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery in Aurora, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule a free Cosmetic Consultation. Call 303-367-9000 or visit serotamd.com


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