Many people wonder, this time of year, if what ails them is a cold or flu. It probably doesn’t matter, since not much can be done about either one, but here’s a guide to some general differences in their symptoms.
|Fever||Rare||101-104° for 3-5 days|
|Aches & pains||Mild||Usual, often severe, affecting large muscles|
|Fatigue & weakness||Mild||Extreme, up to 2-3 weeks|
|Nasal congestion & sneezing||Usual||Sometimes|
|Cough/chest discomfort||Mild||Common, can be severe|
A few other things to keep in mind:
- A cold will usually go away on its own within a week. If after a week, your symptoms are severe or persistent, seek medical advice, especially if you have a chronic condition such as asthma.
- The flu typically comes on quickly and hard, as opposed to a nagging cold. If fever persists beyond five days, seek medical advice.
- Both the flu and, more rarely, colds can lead to complications such as bronchitis, sinusitis, or pneumonia.