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Flu vs Cold and Your Vein Treatments

Posted: February 13, 2018

Your head aches, your nose is stuffy, and your throat hurts. How do you know if you have the flu vs cold, and what impact might this have on your appointment at Vein Care Centers of Tennessee?

With near epidemic levels of both viral infections, many of our patients have questions like: “Should I come in for my appointment if I have the flu or cold?” “Will I be billed for missing a scheduled appointment? And how long will it take for me to re-schedule?”

Dr. Stephen Daugherty, founder of Vein Care Centers of Tennessee stated, “We don’t want to perform a procedure on someone who is ill or may have an infection. It’s far better to give us the opportunity to reschedule your appointment when you are well, for your sake and for those around you. We do this at no charge for medical reasons. Please contact us during normal business hours at your earliest opportunity if you are not feeling well and have a scheduled appointment.”

Please remember that the flu can be spread from the day before you exhibit any symptoms until about seven days after. So, it’s important to stay home during this time unless you’re seeking medical treatment.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

Please refer to the following chart from the CDC as a helpful guide.

cold vs flu

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

We hope you feel better!

Just remember, if you feel like you have the flu or a cold, call our office at (931) 551-8991 so we can reschedule your appointment, and we hope you feel better soon!

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