Nobody likes to be sick, and in winter it often happens with many.
Cough, runny nose, fever haunt us, preventing normal life. And sometimes it’s not so easy to determine which the disease has seized the body — the flu or pneumonia, says Health.
The main problem is that both diseases have similar symptoms, but each of them in their affects the body and can lead to unpleasant, if not life-threatening, consequences.
For accurate diagnosis is highly recommended to consult a doctor, and yet we will tell you how to distinguish pneumonia from the flu:
What are the symptoms?
Headache and muscle pain are more common in influenza than in pneumonia. Other common flu symptoms: sore throat, nasal congestion, disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract (vomiting or diarrhea) and cough.
Cough is also the main symptom of pneumonia, but not everything is simple. Usually in pneumonia along with a cough from the respiratory tract out sputum with a little blood clots.
How long have the symptoms occurred?
Fever, muscle pain, stuffy nose, sore throat while flu occur suddenly, allowing you to set the beginning of the development of the disease.
Pneumonia, by contrast, usually runs a less dramatic, symptoms are worse after a few days.
When to go to the doctor?
If you have the flu and you contact your doctor immediately after you notice symptoms, it is likely that the specialist will prescribe anti-viral medication (e.g. Tamiflu) to ease the disease and the severity of the symptoms.
The catch? Antiviral drugs are effective only in the case if you use them after one or two days after the onset of symptoms. It should be noted that taking an antiviral can cause side effects worse than the symptoms of the flu: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness.
Remember, visiting a doctor is the best option to exclude the complications caused by flu or pneumonia.
If you find that you have pneumonia or the flu (and you did not take antiviral drugs), the doctors recommend supportive care: rest, drink plenty of fluids and eliminate the symptoms with medication. Hot chicken broth combined with the above methods also has a healing effect.
Common sense and vaccination is the best prevention.
The flu can cause pneumonia and that’s why. Sputum in combination with dehydration, which often accompanies the flu, create a favorable environment for bacteria. If you have not yet done the flu shot, you better not delay.
Vaccination reduces the chances of Contracting the flu. And although the flu can be picked up even after vaccination, the vaccine will reduce the symptoms and duration of stay of the virus in the body.
Vaccination prevents the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. (Usually they are recommended for young children, the elderly and people with certain diseases).
Along with the vaccination, do not forget that in this cold season it is necessary regularly to wash hands, wipe dirty surfaces at home and at work, drink plenty of water and eat well.
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Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.