Sometimes, even when doing all the things we recommend, we can still start to feel sick. But is it just a common cold or the flu? They really are different.

The common cold is inflammation of the nose and throat lining caused by a number of different viruses, too many to name. Colds are more common during spring and fall and less frequent in winter. Typical signs and symptoms are a watery running nose and congestion, sneezing, feelings of chills without a fever and a sore throat. See our infection protocols for treatment suggestions.

FLU (influenza):
The flu is a severe respiratory infection caused by a virus of the Orthomyxovirade family, called influenza viruses. The flu is very common during winter months and is the illness that the “flu shot” is intended to be prevent. It usually presents with a headache, aches and pains in the muscles, sore throat, fever, chills, and general malaise (weakness, sleepiness and/or exhaustion). Occasionally there can be nausea or vomiting but usually not. The symptoms are usually much more severe then the common cold. See our infection protocols for treatment suggestions. 

Please note: Influenza is a difficult acute disease to self-treat. Although you should do the home treatments recommended you may want to come in to the clinic for an acute homeopathic remedy specifically tailored to your case. Acute homeopathy is a very powerful and effective way a treating acute infections, even the worst flu. No other treatment, natural or pharmaceutical, works as well for influenza. At our clinic we have had very consistent success with flu cases, no matter how severe or threatening.  

INTESTINAL OR STOMACH FLU (viral gastroenteritis):
People often mistakenly think that the “stomach flu” is the same as the “flu.” This isn’t true. They are completely different viruses. So don’t expect the flu shot to protect you from the stomach flu. This infection of the digestive tract is caused by a number of different viruses. It usually produces a combination of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea sometimes with abdominal pain or fever. Occasionally there are some upper respiratory symptoms but usually not. See our treatment suggestions stomach flu.