Fever, chills, a runny nose, itchy throat, and persistent sneezing – one can’t miss the symptoms of common cold and flu. Common colds and flu are the main reasons most children in the US miss their school and adults miss their work. Read our blog to learn about cold and flu and how to get through them.
The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Adults typically get two or three common colds each year, while infants and children may have it more frequently.
One can get a common cold from another infected person by physical contact or by touching the area contaminated with their germs and then touching your nose or mouth. The droplets in the air released by an infected person by a sneeze or a cough can also cause cold.
The flu is also a viral infection that affects our respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). It’s caused by the Influenza virus and accounts for most illnesses during the year’s colder months.
When people get the flu, they might have fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, loss of appetite, cough, tiredness, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, weakness, etc.
Though most common colds and flu are not severe, we may get tempted to stay in bed during this time, giving up even our basic hygiene habits. We will give a few tips to care for your mouth and your body so that you feel better sooner.
- Cover Your Mouth and Nose While Sneezing or Coughing: Use a tissue or handkerchief while you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have them in handy, sneeze into the crook of your elbow. This helps stop the spread of germs as they can’t live on clothing for long. Also, wash your hands afterward to prevent the spread of germs.
- Consider Replacing Your Toothbrush: You can keep your toothbrush if you have just had a common cold. But, if you have had the flu, consider getting a new brush.
- Use Sugar-Free Cough Syrup and Throat Lozenges: Cough syrups and throat lozenges are helpful during cold and flu. But ensure that you read the ingredients and opt for sugar-free ones.
- Hydration: Getting enough fluids is very important when you are sick. Drinking water also helps narrow the mucus and drain the sinuses.
- Stay home: If you’re sick, stay home. This helps you recover fast and prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Dr. Peter Yeh, DDS at Covington Signature Dentistry, helps patients take care of their oral and dental health. Call our dental office at (253) 638-9955.