It’s late November now, and we are well into Autumn. Another, more sinister season is just beginning, however – cold and flu season. As your friends, family, coworkers, and classmates fall victim to illness, it may seem inevitable that you too will get sick.
Your symptoms can tell you a lot about what you’re suffering from. For example, fever is generally rare with the common cold. In contrast, fever is present in about 80% of H1N1 cases, with an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher for three or more days being a common indicator. A mucous-producing cough and stuffy or runny nose is typical for a cold, while a dry cough and a lack of nasal congestion is more likely associated with H1N1. Headaches are fairly unusual for a cold, while up to 80% of H1N1 victims suffer from headaches. Sore throat, on the other hand, is often present with a cold and generally rare with H1N1.
Aches, chills, and fatigue can be present with both the cold and H1N1. However, individuals with H1N1 tend to experience these symptoms to a much greater degree. The major difference with regard to these symptoms is the time of onset. Cold symptoms develop slowly over a few days. H1N1 symptoms hit hard and fast, usually within 3-6 hours.
This cold and flu season, be sure to take steps to avoid getting sick. If your best efforts fail, however, be sure to monitor your symptoms closely and consult with your doctor.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.