A Shepparton doctor is urging people to be smart about their health this cold and flu season.RIAHN SMITH June 14, 2014 5:02am
Advice: Shepparton doctor Chik Chua is urging people to know their own health to avoid colds and flus this winter.
Shepparton Lister House Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Chik Chua said while influenza and the common cold produced some similar symptoms, most people who believed they were suffering from the flu were likely to have contracted one of 200 cold viruses.
‘‘The severity is very different between the cold and influenza,’’ Dr Chua said.
‘‘Patients with a cold will usually have a high temperature, a blocked or runny nose, cough and a sore throat.
‘‘People with what we call the flu can also have headaches, tenderness and joints ache, tiredness, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.’’
Dr Chua said following some basic preventative measures was the first step in avoiding a bout of the pesky illnesses.
‘‘It’s important to know our own health, avoid triggers and maintain your personal hygiene,’’ Dr Chua said.
He said vaccinations against influenza were also recommended, particularly for high risk groups such as the elderly, people with chronic disease, and pregnant women.
For people struck down with the flu or a cold, Dr Chua advised staying in a comfortable, warm and clean environment.
‘‘It’s hard to avoid it, if you’re sick you’re sick,’’ he said.
‘‘Rest and time is really the only cure, but if you really have to go to work or school, try and reduce the risk of passing it on to other colleagues or classmates by maintaining hand hygiene.
‘‘If someone is experiencing symptoms for more than three days, they should see a doctor.’’
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