Rhinovirus, or the cold, has very distinct symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat. Sometimes there is a low grade fever or muscle aches but with the flu these symptoms are very pronounced and can be severe.
Influenza comes on suddenly with chills, spiking fever, harsh coughing, weakness and fatigue. It can escalate into a medical complication like bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu virus lingers on for up to two weeks. Even when the worst symptoms have abated the patient tires easily and should get plenty of liquid and rest.
In our fast paced world it is a common complaint that we never get enough rest. Learning how to bring our bodies down to a resting state is essential for good health.
Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before heading to bed.
Establish a routine for getting to bed by changing into comfortable clothing, brushing your teeth, reading for 15 minutes.
Turn off bright lights and use a night light or leave a low burning lamp on for safety. This will signal your body that it is time to relax.
Rest, eating healthy and exercise are the three main ingredients to staying healthy all year but especially during the winter flu season.