Do you have that cold and cough that is making you feel like you might just drop dead in the next minute?
Your nose is dripping and your throat hurts even when you swallow your own saliva?
We know exactly how you feel and it might not just be a common cold and cough that you have.
There is obviously more than just a common cold going on if you have too many odd symptoms.
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and the symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
Symptoms of a Common Cold
- Rare Headaches
- Normal Temperature
- Slight Aches and Pains
- A Runny Nose
- A Sore Throat
- Mild to Moderate Hacking Cough
Symptoms of a Flu
- A prominent Headache
- Sudden Onset of Temperature 102 degrees – 104 degrees which can last for 3 – 4 days
- Severe Aches & Pains
- Extreme Fatigue & Weakness which can last for 2 – 3 weeks
- A severe Cough
- Chest Discomfort
You can handle common colds at home and get some medication for the headaches.
Medications called “antiviral” drugs can treat the flu. You can’t buy these medications over the counter at a pharmacy. They are available by prescription only, and you must visit a doctor or healthcare provider to receive a prescription.
Antiviral medications used to treat the flu can help ease the symptoms. They can also shorten the length of the flu by a day or two. Taking antiviral medications may help if you get the flu, but these medications also have side effects.
Antiviral medications are important for people at high risk for developing complications from the flu. People in this high-risk category include:
- children under age 5
- adults over age 65
- women who are pregnant
- people with chronic medical conditions that weaken their immune systems
Taking antiviral medications may help protect you against flu complications. These include pneumonia and other infections.
Now you can tell the difference and treat your “colds” properly so they don’t stay longer than they are supposed to.