Here we are again in the midst of cold and flu season and everyone around you is sneezing, coughing and complaining of a sinus headache. Is it a simple cold or a more serious flu? Sometimes it is hard to know exactly what you should do when you get sick — whether you should see a doctor, take over the counter medicine, call your homeopath or climb into bed and just wait it out.

Here is a guide to help you determine what you have, what to do and when to get help.

Symptoms of Cold

Fever – Rare
Headache – Rare
Aches and Pains – Slight possibility
Fatigue and Weakness – Slight
Exhaustion – Never
Stuffy Nose – Common
Sneezing – Common
Sore Throat – Common
Chest Discomfort,Cough – Mild to moderate
Complications – Sinus or ear

Symptoms of Flu

Fever – Usually, can be as high as 102-104ËšF for 3-4 days
Headache – Usually and can be severe
Aches and Pains – Usually and can be severe
Fatigue and Weakness – Up to 2-3 weeks
Exhaustion – Occurs early and prominently
Stuffy Nose – Sometimes
Sneezing – Sometimes
Sore Throat – Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough – Common and can be severe
Complications – Bronchitis, pneumonia, can be life-threatening problems

Seek homeopathic treatment if you experience no improvement after 3 days or if symptoms worsen. Your constitutional remedy is the best preventive for colds and flus. Be sure it is up to date!

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