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Unraveling the Mysteries of Cold and Influenza Viruses – Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, and the common cold are contagious respiratory illnesses that affect millions of people each year. At Forbes Pharmacy, we believe in empowering our customers with knowledge to help them stay healthy. This article will delve into the intricacies of the cold and influenza viruses, their causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention methods.
Understanding Cold and Influenza Viruses
The common cold and the flu are caused by different viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. They can cause mild to severe illness and, in the case of the flu, can even lead to death in severe cases. The flu is different from a cold, as it usually comes on suddenly and includes symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.
Causes of Cold and Influenza
These viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with the flu or cold cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Sometimes, a person might also get the flu or a cold by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Symptoms of Cold and Influenza
Symptoms of these illnesses include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults. It's important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
Treatment and Prevention
The first line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. At Forbes Pharmacy, we provide flu shots to help protect our customers from the flu. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs.
If you are sick with the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics; they are prescription medicines that are not available over-the-counter and are most effective when started during the first two days of symptoms.
The common cold and the flu are serious diseases that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and the infection can affect people differently. However, getting a flu shot at Forbes Pharmacy, practicing good health habits, and using antiviral drugs if prescribed by a doctor can help prevent and treat these illnesses.
At Forbes Pharmacy, we are committed to providing our customers with the best care possible. Our highly trained staff is always ready to assist you with your healthcare needs. We offer a wide range of services, including medication management, health screenings, vaccination services, home delivery, and nutritional advice. Trust Forbes Pharmacy as your primary provider of all products and services offered by pharmacies in the Greater Victoria Area.