Cold and Flu Treatment
What is the common cold or flu?
The common cold, which could include a head cold or a chest cold, and the seasonal flu are both conditions that are caused by a viral infection (not a bacterial infection). This means that they cannot be treated using antibacterial medication. Instead, preventative measures (i.e.: a flu shot), symptom-relievers (i.e.: cold medicine, fever reducers), and prescription antiviral medications (i.e.: Tamiflu or Relenza) are used to help combat the common cold and flu virus. They can cause a number of painful and bothersome symptoms, including a runny nose, congestion, and cough. Dr. Katayoun Motlagh can help determine whether you are suffering from a viral infection or something else and provide you with the most appropriate treatment.
When should I go to the doctor for the flu?
The flu can have more serious complications that the common cold, including lung infections (pneumonia), so it’s important to know whether you’re suffering from a cold or the flu and to visit a doctor when necessary. Anytime your symptoms are long-lasting or severe, see Dr. Motlagh for treatment. Here are some common signs and symptoms to help you determine whether you have a cold or the flu:
Common Cold Symptoms
- Body aches
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose/congestion
In general, flu symptoms are similar to the above cold symptoms but are severe. You can generally expect:
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches and soreness
How is a cold or flu diagnosed?
If you believe you may be suffering from the common cold or flu, Dr. Motlagh can help. You can schedule an appointment any day of the week, including Saturday with our Urgent Care clinic. If you experience a high fever, it’s always important to seek medical care as soon as you can. During your visit, Dr. Motlagh spends time evaluating your symptoms and ensuring that your condition is a viral infection and not a bacterial infection. Once your diagnosis is made, we will give you any prescription medications and steps you’ll need to take to get back to feeling 100% as soon as possible.
How is a cold or flu treated?
Depending on whether you’re suffering from a cold or the flu, your treatment options will vary. Some of the options Dr. Motlagh might recommend include:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Fever reducers
- Pain relievers
- Cough suppressants
- Nasal decongestants
- Prescription antiviral medications
- Flu shot to prevent future viral infections
If you or your child is suffering from cold or flu symptoms, contact our office today or schedule an appointment by filling out the appointment request form right on this page. Dr. Motlagh’s offices provides other urgent care services, visit us in Palmdale today.