Seems like everyone in Tampa Bay area is sick now. Cold, Flu, Cough – oh no! According to an app,”Sickweather,” there is lots of respiratory illness in Tampa Bay area now. “Sickweather” tracks illnesses, compares symptoms, and sees which viruses are going around in an area. According to the developers of Sickweather, “Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.”
But maybe you’re not sick. Maybe your symptoms are related to a Chronic condition. Chronic and Acute Conditions (like cold and flu virus) can have similar symptoms, but they have different causes and need different treatment to be effective. Don’t let a Cough or Runny Nose ruin another holiday season. Find out what’s causing your symptoms.
Know What Condition You Have Before You Begin Treating. Self-Medicating May be Mismatched for Your Ailment Resulting in Prolonged Illness, Medication Side Effects, and Wasted Money.
Dr. Mandel Sher knows the difference. Contact Dr. Sher: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.
How do you know if you have a cold, flu, allergies, or cough? Knowing what you have is the first step toward effective treatment and a solution. There are three factors that help differentiate which ailment you may be suffering from:
- Sudden or gradual onset
- Body aches
Cold and allergies may have similar symptoms such as runny nose and watery eyes, but a cold is caused by a family of viruses while allergies are associated with the immune system. Cold symptoms may be able to be managed, but the underlying Cold virus generally resolves effectively only with time. Unlike a Cold, Allergies do not generally cause body aches or fever and may persist a while or follow a pattern. Your Allergist can advise you on medications that will relieve the discomfort associated with allergies. Flu is generally characterized by sudden onset, high fever, and body aches. Similar to Colds, Flu is caused by virus and while supportive therapy helps relieve Flu symptoms, time is the best determination of resolution.
Cough associated with Cold or Flu is generally acute. But an acute cough can become a Cough that lasts for eight weeks or longer, also known as a Chronic Cough. Chronic Cough can be triggered by many respiratory and other factors such as: virus, residual post nasal drip, allergies, reflux, medications, and more. But Chronic Cough is generally caused by hypersensitive nerve endings at the back of the throat that are easily irritated by triggers and produce Cough. You may be Hard-Wired and Hot-Wired to Cough. And Cough begets more Cough…
Dr. Mandel Sher will offer a solution for both the trigger(s) and cause of your Chronic Cough. Chronic Cough is different than acute cough associated with virus and requires a different approach to treatment. Contact Dr. Mandel Sher Today at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com