Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

Can a cold turn into the flu?

Dr. Ordway explains how a cold can turn into the flu. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Both a cold and the flu are caused by viruses, but they are each caused by a different virus, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP).

Being worn down from having an ongoing cold, has the possibility of making it easier for someone to also catch a flu virus, but the virus that causes a cold cannot turn into the flu, according to the AAFP.

For more information about colds and flus, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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