As the temperatures start to fall outside, people start to spend more time inside. As we all start to spend more time inside, it is easier for germs to spread from one person to another. However, it can be hard to tell if you have caught a simple cold or the flu. Here are a few of the warning signs that will help you see the difference between a common cold and the flu.

The flu tends to be a lot more intense than a cold. When you have the flue, you will have a lot more than just a cough and a runny nose. You will also have symptoms such as a high fever as well. You will probably not want to eat, and you may end up feeling or experiencing dehydration. Sweating and shivers are also common signs that you have the flu, and not a cold.

If you do have these symptoms, what you should do next depends on your level of risk. Most kids will get the flu and fight through it in a few days. However, if your infant who is younger than three months gets the flu, you should take them to your Family Doctor in Kingwood right away. If your child has asthma, diabetes or any other medical condition that already weakens their immune system, you need to take them to the your Family Doctor in Kingwood right away as well. If you are elderly, you should also see a doctor right away, as you may have a hard time fighting off the flu on your own.

If you do not fall into either of these categories, you probably just need to take some Tylenol and wait it out. It takes a healthy person between 72 to 96 hours to fight the typical flu. However, if it takes you longer than that, and you are not feeling better, you probably need to visit the Northeast Urgent Care Clinics and Deerbrook Family Clinic. It should not take much longer than that for your to recover from the flu, and if it does, you may need a little assistance to make it through this flu round.