By Dr. Christine Sauer
It’s the flu season and many people wonder when they feel “off” if it is just a common cold or if it is more serious and time to go to the doctor, walk-in-clinic or even emergency room.
The rules below apply for otherwise healthy people. If you are immunocompromised or have any serious disease or take any medications, please always see your doctor right away!
Here are the signs of a common cold:
Stuffy, runny nose, sneezing, headache, fever for 1-3 days, scratchy throat, hoarseness, cough, achiness all over the body. The severity of those symptoms is mild to moderate in the case of just a cold, which means that you still can go about your daily life. Usually it is over in about 1 week. Usually diarrhea is not part of the common cold.
What symptoms to watch for and what to do about it:
It’s not a simple cold, if you have…
Could it be an allergy or is it a cold or the flu?
It could be an allergy if
If you are in doubt, it is always a good thing to call your doctor and ask for advice.
Wonder what you can eat if you feel off to help a cold of flu? Check out this article!
If you have longer-lasting symptoms or problems and would like them sorted out, please contact me for your free phone health consultation with DocChristine!
Dr. Christine Sauer, MD,ND(Ger), INHC, CBHC is a German-trained conventional as well as naturopathic physician, a Certified Brain and Mental Health Expert and Coach and a Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach. Through her own journey from successful owner of a large practice in Germany through the abyss of mental and physical health to complete recovery she discovered her unique process to help her clients achieve lasting health and wellness. Her mission is to change the world for the better, one life at a time. Her hobbies are science, learning new things, cooking, gardening and her backyard chickens and dogs.
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