Which Viruses Cause the Common Cold and which are Responsible for the Flu?
There are a few viruses that can cause the common cold, while there is only one family of viruses that causes the flu. Influenza is responsible for all flu infections, but when it comes to the common cold, it could be a variety of viruses – apart from human coronaviruses – such as:
- Parainfluenza viruses or HPIVs – which are not related to influenza
There are about 200 viruses in total that can cause cold symptoms.
Take your Cold or Flu Seriously!
No matter which kind of virus caused your cold or which kind of influenza gave you the flu, it is important that you take both seriously. You should strive to recover fully, making sure that you do not develop any complications. Take all the steps necessary to treat the symptoms and manage your cold or flu properly.
Complications from Cold or Flu
Common signs to look out for to avoid complications from these viral infections are:
- Fever above 101.3 degrees in adults or 100.4 degrees in children – high fevers can be dangerous, so make sure you lower your temperature with medication or a lukewarm bath
- If your fever returns after you beat it
- Shortness of breath
- Severe pain
- Loss of appetite – especially in babies
If you experience any of the above, you should contact your doctor. Keep in mind that you can develop bacterial infections following viral infections, especially after the flu. These can be especially dangerous if you get them as your immune system is fighting a viral infection.
Fortunately, your doctor here at Antidote Health will be able to help you if you have any of these complications from a common cold or the flu, and you will not have to leave the comfort of your home. Make sure you contact your doctor and get the treatment that you need before those complications get out of control.