Cold and flu season is quickly approaching which leaves many people worried about getting sick. Prevention is the best medicine in terms of many illnesses, but sometimes you just can’t avoid it.

Knowledge for general illness

There are many generalized illnesses that people may suffer from but knowing how to spot them early is the key to getting quick and effective treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the most common general illnesses.

  • The common fold
  • Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Strep throat
  • Eye infection
  • Ear infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Skin infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • And more

How to spot general illness

Knowing what the conditions are is the first step, but learning how to spot them is next. Many general illnesses may include some of the same initial warning signs. If you notice any of these symptoms that are persistent over time, it’s time to call the doctor.

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Itchiness in a specific area
  • Consistent pain or ache
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

For many people, the first symptom of an illness is fatigue and weakness. Look out for this symptom in yourself and your family members, especially during cold and flu season. Children often complain of “just not feeling good” and this could be the first warning sign that something wrong. Regular checkups with a physician is a great way to make sure your doctor knows what you’re like when you’re healthy, so they can better treat you if you’re sick. Certain conditions, such as the common cold or influenza, may not be able to be cured with medication, but the symptoms can be treated and controlled. If you or your child suffers from a constant runny nose, cough, or a sore throat it could be a warning sign for infection or other illness.

What to do when you spot general illness

Spotting general illness can be hard at first, but each and every symptom is important to note. If you suspect someone in your household is sick, you should begin taking precautions to prevent the illness from spreading to others in the household. Practice proper handwashing, vaccinations, and regular doctor’s visits to protect against general illness as much as possible. If you do come down with an illness, begin treating it as soon as symptoms arise to avoid the condition worsening or spreading to those around you. Remember to listen to your body and if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Denying the illness we feel coming on so we don’t have to miss school or work will only make it worse in the long run. Set yourself up for success by learning to spot general illness as soon as possible.