Is it the Flu or a Cold?

Is it the Flu or a Cold?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, especially when the symptoms can mimic each other so closely. Dr. Matt Bruckel, founder of Total Access Urgent Care, joins KDSK's Channel 5 News to share some helpful tips.

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Telling the Difference Between a Cold & the Flu

Dr. Bruckel, founder of Total Access Urgent Care, explains that there is an influenza epidemic each year, and the most common symptoms are fever and body aches. Cold symptoms typically last for a few days and are milder, whereas the flu is generally more severe and lasts 5-12 days.

Dr. Bruckel's tips to tell the difference between the cold and flu:

  • Having a fever and body aches are signs of the flu
  • More severe symptoms are likely the flu
  • Watery nasal secretions are typical of the common cold
  • Symptoms progressing from a sore throat, to nasal congestion, to a cough is probably a cold

To prevent the spread of germs, it is important to wash hands often and refrain from touching one's nose or mouth. Regarding seeking medical care, "When you do get sick and your symptoms exceed your comfort zone, visit Total Access Urgent Care," Dr. Bruckel explains.

Total Access Urgent Care treats flu and cold symptoms quickly with expertise and compassion. A doctor is on duty 365 days of the year at each location. Visit any of the six facilities that are located in Webster Groves/Rock Hill, South County/Tesson Ferry, Chesterfield, Town and Country, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles. For more information call our office!