Allergies VS Flu

    With the colder temperatures, high winds and lots of rain we’ve been having in Austin lately, it’s no wonder that many people are suffering from allergies…or is it the flu?

    Neither one sounds like much fun!!!

    Allergies and the flu have many of the same symptoms and can keep you away from the doctor longer than you should.  Obviously, since they share some of the same symptoms, it can be difficult to figure out which one you are suffering from.

    Some of the similarities of allergies and the flu include runny nose, cough, congestion, fatigue, itchy watery eyes and sore throat.

    The flu usually lasts about a week and is passed from person to person, whereas allergies are immune system reactions to normally harmless substances and can last days to months.

    However, the two main differences of allergies and the flu are body aches and fever that come along with the flu.

    Additionally, allergies commonly hit throughout the year depending on the pollen that you are allergic to, whereas the flu usually peaks between November and February, but has been known to go on until May.

    No one likes to be sick, so the best ways to keep yourself healthy during this flu season are the following:

    1. Wash your hands…often.
    2. Eat foods and drink liquids loaded with Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, D, E and Zinc.
    3. Drink plenty of water.
    4. Rest well.  Don’t get overly tired and don’t miss a good night’s sleep.
    5. Exercise regularly.

    We hope you stay healthy and happy this winter!!

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at KathleenBucher@mac.com or 512.794.6644.  It would be an honor to earn your business.

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