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Is It a Cold, the Flu Or Allergies?

February 12, 2010

A cold, the flu and allergies have many overlapping symptoms, and so it can often be hard to tell which you have.  WhiteGlove House Call Health has put together the chart below to help you decide from which you are suffering. 

 

In general:

  1. Colds are above the shoulder – Cold symptoms are milder and usually above the shoulders; runny nose, sore throat and stuffy nose are the most common symptoms.  Aches and pains and a cough can also be present.   
  2.  The flu is all over – The flu is more severe and includes a fever, body aches, headaches, fatigue and, sometimes a cough.  Less common but still possible with the flu are sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose. 
  3.  Allergies are in the nose – Allergies are in the nose with nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, and clear nasal drainage.  Fatigue is another common symptom.  Often there will be severe itching in the nose, eyes and throat.  All of these symptoms with come and go with the allergy counts and of course and person’s individual allergies.  

The good news is that all of these routine illnesses can be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional, and if you live in our service areas, in the comfort of your own home.  Call WhiteGlove House Call Health to schedule an appointment in your home or office.  We’ll come to you, and bring prescription or over the counter medications to make you feel better.  We’ll even bring chicken soup!

To find out more about WhiteGlove House Call Health, visit our website at www.whiteglove.com.

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