Common Cold

Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc.

General Practitioners & Pediatricians located in Garden Grove, CA

Are you suffering from congestion, a runny nose, nausea, or vomiting? Colds and the flu can derail your life when you are ill, but help is available at Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc. in Garden Grove, California. Dr. Vu Nguyen and the team have been serving the Garden Grove community for more than 40 years combined and want to relieve your cold and flu symptoms. Call or schedule a visit online today to get relief.

Common Cold & Flu Q & A

What causes the flu or common cold?

The flu and colds are caused by viruses that infect your cells and multiply within your body, spreading the infection and making you feel sick. Both the flu and colds are so common because the viruses that cause them mutate frequently.

With frequent mutations, your body must fight off these new forms of the virus each year if you are exposed. Getting a yearly flu shot, maintaining good hygiene, and leading a healthy lifestyle can keep your immune system strong and may help you avoid contracting the flu or common cold.

When should I see a doctor for my cold or flu?

You should visit Dr. Nguyen if you are experiencing flu symptoms or if your cold symptoms last longer than expected. The flu and common cold can cause fever and dehydration — both of which may be dangerous if left untreated.  Flu is seasonal.

Dr. Nguyen can prescribe medications like Relenza or Tamiflu to fight your infection. If you are exhibiting severe symptoms and require additional help, Dr. Nguyen provides appropriate referrals.

How can I prevent the flu or common cold?

The first step to illness prevention is avoiding germs that cause infections. Wash your hands regularly, especially before and after cooking, eating, and using the restroom. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, drinking adequate water, and sleeping enough can strengthen your immune system and help you avoid or reduce the severity of illness.

A yearly flu shot at Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc. is another step you can take to avoid illness. Since the virus that causes the flu mutates each year, a new vaccine is recommended annually so you can develop immunity to the new mutation.

How can I avoid spreading my cold or flu to my family?

Prevention is the first step to avoiding a cold or flu for your entire family. Dr. Nguyen recommends all family members receive a yearly flu shot to prevent the flu.

If you contract a cold or flu, follow the recommended hygiene principles, including washing your hands frequently, disinfecting surfaces, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Visiting Dr. Nguyen for treatment if you have a cold or flu can also help you recover faster so there is less risk of your illness spreading to your family.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, visit Thuy T. Nguyen, M.D., Inc. now. Call or schedule a visit online today to get relief.