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Cold vs. Flu – We All Lose

Posted on: November 27th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Many individuals confuse cold and flu symptoms. Understanding the differences is important for seeking proper treatment.

Many individuals confuse cold and flu symptoms. Understanding the differences is important for seeking proper treatment.

It’s that dreaded time of year again – cold and flu season. It is estimated that up to 20% of people get the season flu. With a contagious bug like that going around, it is important to take special precautions to guard yourself again illness. Cold and flu symptoms can be very similar which makes it difficult to distinguish between the two. Check out some of the common symptoms for each so you know when it is time to contact your doctor.

Cold Symptoms

  • Sore throat, nasal symptoms, runny nose and congestion along with a cough
  • Fever is uncommon, but a slight fever is possible. Children are more likely to have a fever.
  • Symptoms lasting about a week
  • If symptoms don’t improve in a week, may have a bacterial infection and need antibiotics

Flu Symptoms

  • Usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly
  • Sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough
  • Certain flues like swine flu are associated with vomiting and diarrhea

When do I call the doctor?

  • A persistent fever lasting more than 3 days could be bacterial infection
  • Painful swallowing, severe pain could mean strep throat
  • Persistent coughing that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks could be bronchitis and needs to be treated with an antibiotic
  • Persistent congestion and headaches – if you have pain around the eyes and face with thick nasal discharge after a week, may have bacterial infection or sinus infection

Preventing Cold and Flu

The best way to prevent getting sick this flu season is to maintain proper hygiene and precautionary care. Stay away from those who are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms. Wash your hands frequently by rubbing hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. There are also flu vaccines available as well as antiviral medications to help prevent the spread of disease.

Children and the elderly are most at risk for illness throughout this season. LA Medical cares about your loved ones and wants them to stay safe and healthy. We carry a variety of in home products to help you care for them this winter and the rest of the year.

National Immunization Month: 4 Reasons to Immunize from LA Medical

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Take preventative measure this month to keep you and your family healthy.

Take preventative measures this month to be in your best health.

Reduce your risk of sickness and disease by taking advantage of immunizations. August is National Immunization Month and provides the perfect time to ensure you and your family’s immunizations are up to date. People of all ages can have immunizations to protect themselves from harmful diseases. Nobody should suffer from an illness that can be prevented, which is why LA Medical encourages you to take advantage of immunizations provided by doctors. Here we have 4 reasons to have you and your loved ones immunized.


One of the best defense methods against harmful diseases is the use of immunizations. They are available to ensure prevention against illnesses that can interrupt our life and cause serious health issues, and sometimes even death.

Protect Infants

Baby’s immune systems are not strong or able to fight many diseases. Before the age of 2, babies can be protected from 14 serious diseases. While it is not easy for any parent to have their child immunized, it will pay off in the long run. Most parents choose to have their babies vaccinated, with only less than one percent not giving any vaccinations.

Travel Abroad Safely

Anytime you leave the country it is a good idea to check with your doctor or online to ensure all immunizations necessary are taken care of. It’s vital to have all vaccinations done before leaving the country to keep you and others safe.

Peace of Mind

Don’t wait until an outbreak happens to get vaccinated. Take preventative measures so that if and when an illness starts spreading, you are protected. Missing work and other responsibilities when sick can add unnecessary stress to life.

This month LA Medical encourages you to take responsibility for you and your loved one’s health. We hope you to visit our online catalog to find health and safety products to assist you in daily life.