Cold And Flu Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Colds and flu can knock you out for several days or even weeks. To get expert advice and any treatment you need for a cold or flu, contact your local PrimeMD office in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, or New Albany, Ohio. The knowledgeable medical personnel can help you recover from your cold and flu symptoms and get back on your feet. Find out what PrimeMD can do for you by calling your nearest office today or booking an appointment online.

Cold and Flu Q & A

What are colds and flu?

Colds and flu are viral infections of the respiratory tract – nose, throat, airways, and lungs. Colds, while unpleasant and debilitating, aren't usually serious, although they account for many missed school and work days.

Flu (influenza) can make you feel very sick, but again, it isn't a major concern providing you're healthy. The flu does pose more of a risk to older people, babies and young children, and anyone who doesn't have a properly functioning immune system.

What are the symptoms of a cold or flu?

Typical cold symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Poor sleep 
  • Decreased appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue
  • Mild headache
  • Body aches

Flu symptoms are largely the same; however, you might have a higher temperature and suffer from nausea and vomiting as well. People with asthma or allergies like hayfever often experience worse symptoms when they have a cold or flu because of the existing respiratory disorder.

Sometimes, colds and flu lead to other problems because they make you more vulnerable to additional infections. Potential complications of colds and flu include ear infections, sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. 

When should I see a doctor about my cold or flu?

You should contact the PrimeMD team if your cold or flu causes problems like:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Severe or persistent cough
  • Severe sinus or throat pain

A fever over 101.3° F, one that lasts five days or more, or a recurring fever also justifies a call to your provider at PrimeMD. They provide rapid flu tests to find out if you have a cold or flu and can advise you on the best treatment. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which can be similar to colds and flu, you should have a test for that as well.

What treatments help with colds and flu?

Providing you don't develop any complications, cold and flu symptoms don't require prescription medication. Your provider at PrimeMD can advise you on how to recover from your cold or flu and prevent further infection, focusing on relieving your symptoms and helping your immune system destroy the virus.

Home care for colds and flu involves measures such as:

  • Lots of rest
  • Plenty of clear liquids
  • Using a humidifier to help you breathe
  • Eating easy to digest food like soup
  • Saltwater gargles
  • Supporting your upper body when sleeping
  • Over-the-counter medications

If you develop a bacterial infection in addition to your cold and flu, your provider at PrimeMD can prescribe antibiotics. Bear in mind, though, that these drugs have no effect on viral infections.

If a cold or flu is making you miserable, get help from the PrimeMD team. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.