Do You Have the Cold or the Flu?

December 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

463035645.jpgAlthough the flu shot and frequent hand-washing can help prevent you from getting sick, they aren’t a 100 percent guarantee you won’t catch the flu or cold. Fortunately if you do get sick, knowing whether you have the cold or flu may help you treat the symptoms and feel better.

Flu symptoms listed below can be treated with over-the-counter decongestants, pain relievers and fever reducers or prescription antiviral drugs.

  • Sore throat, cough or congestion
  • Muscle aches, headache
  • High fever (100 degrees or more)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Cold symptoms listed below can be treated with over-the-counter decongestants, pain relievers and fever reducers.

  • Sore throat
  • By day four or five, a stuffy, a runny nose and cough are common

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*The consult fee is the lesser of $45 or the office visit copay, if selected. The consult fee is subject to change during the plan year. When requesting a consultation, members should use their Starmark® medical ID number (found on their medical ID card) and reference Starmark (Trustmark) as their insurance provider when prompted by Teladoc. Teladoc is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark® Life Insurance Company.

Source: Cold versus flu: what’s the difference?  11.22.16.

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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