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Cough and Cold Care Tips

June 07, 2024

NOTE: The information provided on this page is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or emergency treatment. You should not use any information on this page to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider.

Is it a Cold or Flu?

Signs and symptoms of cold and flu; adapted from the CDC
Signs and Symptoms Cold Flu
Symptom Onset Gradual Abrupt
Fever Rare Usual
Aches Slight Usual
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual
Sneezing Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to Moderate Common
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Headache Rare Common

Take care of yourself!

Although usually minor, colds can make you feel miserable. It's tempting to try the latest remedy, but the best thing you can do is take care of yourself. Rest, drink fluids, and keep the air around you moist. Remember to wash your hands frequently.

Contact Student Health Services if you experience any of the following:

  • High fever (Temperature > 101°F for > 72 hrs)
  • Ear pain
  • Sinus-type headache
  • Unusually severe cold symptoms
  • Cough that gets worse while other cold symptoms improve
  • Flare-up of any chronic lung problem, such as asthma
  • No improvement in symptoms for more than 10 days

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