Is it the Flu or a Cold?

Jan 30, 2017 | Treatments | 0 comments

Cold symptoms usually come on slowly and are limited to the head and upper respiratory system.  The symptoms of the flu affect the entire body and come on quickly. There is also what is commonly called the stomach flu.  This is when you have the flu and catch an additional stomach virus, usually due to a weakened immune system you get because you have the flu.

High fever and body aches occur with the flu and viruses that attack the gastrointestinal system.  These symptoms are usually accompanied by fatigue and headache.  With the “stomach flu” you may have these symptoms along with diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

Always monitor your temperature. If you have a fever, see your doctor or healthcare provider if it remains elevated after treatment with over the counter medication or lasts for several days.


There are medications that have been shown to shorten the length of time you have flu symptoms and the severity in over 60% of patients who took them within the first 24 of the onset of flu symptoms. 

For stomach flu sufferers, stop eating solid foods for several hours to settle your stomach.  

Your body is trying to eliminate the virus through its natural process, so if you use anti-diarrheal products you could be making your symptoms last longer.

After your stomach has settled you can move on to the BRAT diet consisting of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, & Toast.  You may want to try the toast first to test if you are over the nausea. If you are fine after an hour or so follow it up with a banana for potassium replacement.


There are things you can do to be pro-active against getting the flu including getting a Flu Shot.

A Flu Shot usually takes 15 mins or less at Benton Medical. Were open MondayFriday 8a  4:30p.
💉 It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies that provide protection to develop in the body.  It is possible to get sick with the flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test.) Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection.

For ways to prevent the spread of the flu see this video.

For more information regarding the flu you can visit this website.

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