The usual medical advice for a cold or the flu is to treat the symptoms and wait it out. In severe flu cases, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medicine that can help shorten the illness. Cold or flu symptoms that persist past 10 days, or get worse instead of better, may signal a bacterial infection or other ailment has developed that needs a doctor's assessment. A high or prolonged temperature also is a sign you should see a doctor - 103 degrees in children and 102 degrees in adults. Other reasons to seek medical treatment are pain or pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, changes in skin color, confusion, lethargy, fainting, abdominal pain or vomiting.
Find out how to tell the flu from a cold and much more on the website flu.gov, managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
This article provided courtesy of Oconee Regional Medical Center.