As winter rolls in, so do those pesky sniffles and body aches. But wait, is it just a cold, or could it be the flu sneaking up on you? How do you tell? Living in Houston, many of us also suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues too.
To clear up the debate on how to know what’s keeping us in bed feeling sick is Dr. Christine Le, D.O. with Kelsy-Seybold Clinic, specializing in Family Medicine. She discusses the different symptoms to look for to tell if what we’re experiencing is a cold or the flu. Dr. Le also mentions ways to prevent either one, medications needed, and home remedies that will help us feel better.
Dr. Le also discusses other types of respiratory problems, who can get them, prevention, as well as vaccinations, and when to see a doctor.
If you’re not feeling well, you can make an appointment with Dr. Le by calling Kelsey-Seybold Clinic at 713-442-6900.
Visit Kelsey-Seybold Clinic at: https://www.kelsey-seybold.com.
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00:00 Colds and Flus.
The differences between colds and flus can be initially confusing due to their similarity. Both can cause body aches, runny nose, sore throat, and cough. However, flu often presents with extremely high fevers, ranging from 101 to 104 degrees.
Cold weather leads to indoor crowding, increasing virus spread and weakening immunity due to a possible change in immune system function.
Vaccine provides protection against flu strains, takes 2 weeks to 1 month to be effective, not immediate.
12:52 About your lungs.
Dr. Le describes the lungs as resembling an upside down tree, with the main bronchus as the trunk and bronchioli as the leaves. She mentions that the location of infection in the lungs may be interchangeable and can be seen in medical imaging.
Patients ask about COVID, home tests are accurate but should be taken at least 2 days after symptoms, communities monitor wastewater to track COVID, and vaccines are available for anyone aged 6 and up.
16:54 Common concerns.
Vaccines are perceived as safe and have the power to protect people and their communities. Like virus protection for digital devices, they are a form of defense based on science. It’s encouraged to get vaccinated as the latest available option to prevent illnesses.
Limited supply of RSV antibodies can prevent illness and deaths from RSV virus, particularly in vulnerable populations like babies with lung problems or cystic fibrosis. Educating the public about the importance of these antibodies is crucial as many people mistakenly believe RSV is just a common cold virus.
25:32 When to see your doctor.
Physician communicates with patient via email, advising on symptoms and use of pulse oximeter.
27:21 How to contact Dr. Le.
A family medicine physician at Kelsey Seybold in Houston recommends annual wellness exams for patients to take charge of their health. They liken the exam to an oil change for a car, emphasizing the dedicated time with a provider to determine which tests would be most helpful.