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Difference bwt Flu and Cold

The following chart can help you compare flu symptoms with cold symptoms. Use it to learn the differences and similarities between flu and cold symptoms. Then, if you get flu symptoms, call your doctor and ask about an antiviral drug.

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

 

Fever

Rare

Characteristic, high
(100-102 degrees F); lasts three to four days

 

Headache

Rare

Prominent

 

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

 

Fatigue, Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to two to three weeks

 

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Early and prominent

 

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

 

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

 

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

 

Chest Discomfort,
Cough

Mild to moderate;
hacking cough

Common; can become severe

 

Complications

Sinus congestion
or earache

Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening

 

Prevention

Good hygiene

Annual flu shot or FluMist

 

Treatment

Only
temporary
relief of symptoms

Antiviral drugs (Tamiflu or
or Relenza) within 24-48 hours
of onset

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