It’s the time of year when runny noses and coughs are abundant, but it doesn’t always mean that the flu is to blame. Oftentimes, the symptoms for allergies are very similar to those presented by the flu. To help patients in the Soldotna and Anchorage, AK, area understand the differences, leading doctor Dr. Robert G. Thompson, M.D. is here to provide some information.
Both allergies and the flu can cause runny noses, coughs, sneezing, and a sore throat, but taking flu medication when you have allergies won’t help alleviate your symptoms. That’s why it’s important to determine which condition you’re actually suffering from. Allergies can last for as long as you’re exposed to the allergen. If your allergies are seasonal, they could last up to six weeks.
The flu, on the other hand, rarely lasts more than two weeks. Usually, people who contract the flu also experience high fevers. Allergies never cause fevers. The flu can also cause severe body aches, which is another symptom that is never a result of allergies. Both conditions can cause some degree of fatigue, but the flu typically causes extreme exhaustion.
Depending on which type of allergies you suffer from, there may be types of holistic medicine you can take to alleviate the symptoms. There are also certain types of alternative medicine that may help ease flu symptoms.
If you’re interested in becoming a patient of one of Alaska’s leading holistic medicine experts, contact the office of Dr. Robert G. Thompson, M.D. by calling (907) 260-6914, or visit the health clinic online.