Sunday, October 26, 2014

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

With the cold season right around the corner, it is time to refresh ourselves on the difference between a cold and the flu.  Both can make you miserable.  But while the flu's worst symptoms typically last three to four days, colds hang on from seven to ten days.  Here are some other differences. 

     Symptoms                                      Cold                             Flu 
  • Fever                                           Rare                             High (102 -104) last 3-4 days.
  • Headache                                    Rare                             Prominent.
  • General aches and pain              Slight                            Usual; often quite severe
  • Fatigue and weakness                Quite mild.                    Extreme; can last 2-3 weeks.
  • Runny, stuffy nose                       Common                      Sometimes
  • Sneezing                                     Usual                            Sometimes
  • Sore thoat                                    Common                      Sometimes
  • Chest discomfort, cough              Mild to moderate          Common; can become severe
  • Complications                              Sinus congestion          Bronchitis, pneumonia;                                                                                                        or earache                     can be life-threatening

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