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I started training with Coach Berry when I was 61 years old.  For four months, I had suffered a great deal of back pain and knew I need to do something different. When I began with Coach, he asked me how I was feeling.  After a lifetime of training with a number of different trainers I could only say I didn't feel great.  My back pain caused me to see chiropractors and accupuncturists, but I found no relief.  After one deep tissue massage, Coach immediately had me feeling better.  After two months of training Coach had me back to 100%.  He knows what he is doing when it comes to training and injuries.  He trains people to perform exercises correctly to avoid injuries.  I have worked with many different trainers all over the San Diego County and Coach Berry is the best, most effective trainer I have meet.  I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their health and fitness levels.

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Sniffles, Fever, and Cough

Is it the common cold or could it be the flu?

The flu vaccine isn't living up to its promises this year. Many people who received the vaccine are still coming down with the dreaded virus. In past years you may have been safe, but this time around you're at a greater risk.

With so many cases of the flu popping up, it's smart to know what symptoms to look for so you know what you're up against. If it's just the common cold you'll have to wait things out, take over-the-counter medications, and go with some home remedies for relief. But if it's the flu, the sooner you're able to take anti-viral drugs the faster you'll start feeling better.

It can be hard to tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms, but knowing these facts may help the next time you're feeling under the weather.

The Common Cold

More than 100 viruses cause colds and more people visit the doctor and miss school or work each year due to colds. It's called common for this reason.
Normally less severe than the flu, cold symptoms are mostly in your neck and head. Coming on over a day or two, telltale symptoms of a cold include a sore throat for the first few days, then a runny nose, watery eyes, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, and cough. You may have body aches, mild fatigue, and a slight fever as well. Most colds are over in a few days, but some linger on for several weeks.

Colds can strike any time of year, but you're most at risk during the fall and winter because cold viruses survive best in low-humidity environments. Colds are contagious during the first three days of symptoms and often spread like wildfire.

Since colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics won't help. Over-the-counter medications like decongestants, antihistamines, and pain relievers will lessen symptoms, but they won’t do away with the cold itself. For colds that last longer than a week, see your doctor in case a bacterial infection has set in.

The Feared Flu

Influenza A, B, and C viruses are responsible for causing the flu (short for influenza). Because active strains of these viruses change each year, scientists develop new vaccines each year in hopes of defending against the strongest strain.

While symptoms of the flu often mimic those of a cold, they're usually more severe. Rather than slowly coming on over the course of a few days, the flu hits you fast and hard. The respiratory symptoms of a cold (coughing and congestion) aren't as likely to affect you if you’re suffering the flu. The most common symptoms of the flu include fever (often above 101˚ F), chills, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Your symptoms may be short-lived and over in a few days or they may last several weeks, but you won’t be able to ignore them.

The winter months usually see the most flu cases, but you can get the flu in the fall and spring. For this reason, it's smart to get the flu vaccine sometime in September before the flu season starts.

As with the cold, antibiotics aren't effective on the flu virus. However, anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza can help relieve symptoms and speed recovery if taken within the first two days of symptoms. Therefore, if you suspect the flu and want fast relief, head to the doctor as soon as possible for a simple flu test. Along with anti-viral drugs, rest, drinking plenty of fluids, over-the-counter pain relievers, and decongestants are your best methods of treatment.

Prevention

As of yet there's no vaccine to prevent colds but there is for the flu. Even though this year's vaccine may have missed the mark, most years it's your best bet against the flu. Protect yourself from cold and flu germs by practicing good hygiene. Don't share utensils, wash hands frequently, and avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Take care of your immune system by getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress.