When you start to feel sick, you often cannot tell what you are sick with since many symptoms look the same. Cough, runny nose, sore throat and chills can be attributed to many different illnesses such as allergies, colds, flu, and now COVID.
There are many pathogens that we come in contact with every day that can cause us to feel sick such as bacteria, viruses, and allergens. Bacteria and viruses both can produce a host of respiratory symptoms once they enter our bodies. An allergic response to something we come in contact with can also mimic similar health conditions. Once you feel sick, how can you tell them apart to know when to see the doctor or start on the proper treatment?
There may be certain symptoms that will help you identify what you are suffering from. Often, itchy, watery eyes/ nose/throat/ or sinuses that come and go over a long period of time is a good sign that it may be an allergy. A virus more likely starts gradually with body aches, chills, low-grade fever and often becomes worse over the next 7-10 days. Influenza begins abruptly with more severe symptoms of high fever, chills, and body aches. A COVID infection can begin up to fourteen days from the initial infection with possible fever, increasing coughing/wheezing, and/or the loss of taste and smell.
Although this gives you a rough guide to look for when you have a respiratory infection, it is important to see your doctor if your symptoms are severe or worsen over time. Pathogens can cause a broad range of respiratory symptoms that are hard to identify, even for a trained clinician. To help diagnose your respiratory illness quickly and accurately, InnovativeGx Laboratories now offers our TrueTest, which combines screening over 44 common respiratory pathogens (including COVID) in one easy test and delivers 99% accurate results to you in 24 hours or less. The TrueTest helps you identify what is making you feel sick quickly, so you can start proper treatment and feel better soon. Please contact us for more details on how to order your test today:
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